October 2006 Archives

October 31

Bonus Country?

My flight from Bangkok to New York includes a seven-hour layover in Beijing. Is it feasible (and worthwhile) to leave the airport to do a little exploring? [more inside]
posted by chickletworks at 11:44 PM PST - 14 comments

Helping things along: Okay or No Way?

Super-embarrassing, super-gross question about poo and the female anatomy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:36 PM PST - 32 comments

Where to find more info on writing music in the studio.

Where can I find more information about bands and the writing of albums in the studio. [more inside]
posted by occidental at 10:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Do employers have to deposit money to Social Security?

Do employers have to offer the option to deposit money into Social Security? [more inside]
posted by Hot Like Your 12V Wire at 9:28 PM PST - 7 comments

How to teach MLA/Chicago form

I teach graduate writing and research. I'm pretty confident with the way I teach the spirit of citation (it's what we have in the humanities instead of the scientific method), but what draconian pedagogy can I use to soul-crushingly impose format dread on my unruly grad students? [more inside]
posted by Mngo at 8:50 PM PST - 21 comments

Why does rocking out take all these cables?!?!

DIY Wedding Reception Music Sound System?!?! Frazzled bride has [more inside]
posted by Wavelet at 8:50 PM PST - 19 comments

Searching for an intriguing book

Help my roommate locate a certain book about an ancient king who discovers the secret to immortality, lives for hundreds of years, and now owns a fragrance shop in Paris. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 8:38 PM PST - 14 comments

Female fertility testing

Female fertility questions. I'm in my mid thirties and married within the last year. I want to know what my chances of having kids are, but everything I find on the web says you can go to a "fertility clinic" after you have tried to have kids for a while and not succeeded. That's not going to help me, because we're not ready to have kids RIGHT NOW. Also, what are fertility tests for women like? [more inside]
posted by Go, now. Go! at 7:43 PM PST - 19 comments

Help me get into William Morris' agent trainee program.

Help me get into William Morris' agent trainee program. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 7:35 PM PST - 19 comments

crossbrowser reusable javascript for dropdown that hides another menu when active?

What I suspect is a fairly stupid javascript question, but one I haven't found an ideal solution for. I four menus made out of unordered lists. I'm using a modified version of the suckerfish dropdown script to make it work in IE (code inside), in one place I want 1 of the four menus to stay open except when I hover on one of the remaining menus. i.e. menu1 is visible. when I mouseover menu2, menu1 is hidden. When I mouseout of menu2 menu1 reappears. [more inside]
posted by Grod at 6:57 PM PST - 6 comments

Are nearlyfreespeech.net servers globally banned by any filtering services?

I'm researching nearlyfreespeech.net. So far I find their operating policies & philosophies very solid, but I see another mf user commented, "Aren't the nearlyfreespeech servers auto banned by many filters?" (No one answered, since that was a piggyback question.) If there's any truth to that, it could be a dealbreaker for me since I need to not exclude users in academic/institutional settings. What say ye?
posted by allterrainbrain at 5:58 PM PST - 13 comments

It's ___, stupid!

Where did the phrase "It's ____, stupid!" come from & what was originally in the blank? I knew at one point (and remember that it's political in nature), but I've since forgotten & it's driving me crazy!
posted by eunoia at 5:11 PM PST - 12 comments

Please, help me with my deflated sac

My sac has flattened. Please hope me. [more inside]
posted by symphonik at 5:10 PM PST - 10 comments

to bleach his own

I need help on bleaching a cotton shirt [more inside]
posted by punch_the_mayor at 5:09 PM PST - 5 comments

Where can I order a St. Norbert/St. Hubert candle?

Does anyone know where to get/order St. Norbert and/or St. Hubert candles? I'd like to get 7 day candles if I could, but any help would be appreciated. I'm trying to get something along the lines of this.
posted by Attackpanda at 4:59 PM PST - 1 comment

It's a fungus among us

Mycological help needed. I see these a lot when I am hiking and want to know what they are. Thanks!
posted by DeepFriedTwinkies at 3:55 PM PST - 15 comments

Damned Limeys get all the good drinks

We're trying to find Drumgray Cream Liqueur in the US. Does anyone know of a way to get this awesome stuff in the states, or do the limeys get to keep it all to themselves?
posted by SpecialK at 3:49 PM PST - 3 comments

Taxonomy of Detective Story Plots

Can someone point me to an online copy of the taxonomy of detective story plots done by either the Oulipo or the Oulipopo? My Google-fu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by juv3nal at 3:42 PM PST - 3 comments

College/Uni Rankings

Does anyone publish a ranking list that combines colleges and universities? I'm interested in seeing how Columbia might stack up (academically) against, I don't know, say, Haverford. [more inside]
posted by anonymous78 at 3:25 PM PST - 12 comments

Yes I went to a furniture showroom, no the salesperson didn't offer help. Twice.

Is a microfiber sofa with a 'W' actually washable? Will I need to wash it? [more inside]
posted by sLevi at 3:22 PM PST - 5 comments

Any advice on how to set up a wifi hotspot in my local cafe?

Any advice on how to set up a wifi hotspot in my local cafe? [more inside]
posted by ajp at 3:14 PM PST - 18 comments

How to make fake taser burns on a t-shirt

Urgent Halloween Costume Question! How would you simulate taser burns on a white cotton t-shirt using only household implements?
posted by unknowncommand at 2:55 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I stop my nose and lip from twitching?

Why have I developed a lip/nose twitch? [more inside]
posted by Bud Dickman at 2:47 PM PST - 9 comments


Can I use the key from an English version of Microsoft Office 2003 Small Business Edition to install the French version from the discs?
posted by ODiV at 2:32 PM PST - 7 comments

My mufflers aren't muffling.

Any way to quiet a set of motorcycle "mufflers?" [more inside]
posted by NoMich at 2:17 PM PST - 7 comments

Corkboard Alternative?

Arty substitute for corkboard? Building a nice looking bulletin board... [more inside]
posted by cgs at 2:00 PM PST - 11 comments

Ruby on Rails vs LAMP?

Why should I look at Ruby on Rails for development of applications instead of the traditional LAMP stack, especially given the advancements in PHP since 5.0? [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 1:58 PM PST - 12 comments

Korn gossip from the 9:30 Club

at the decemberists' concert at the 9:30 club on monday, october 30th, lead singer colin meloy mentioned some terrifying story involving the band korn and some activities that had taken place backstage...on the couch cushions. he said it was too terrible to tell. now i'm dying of curiosity. anybody got the scoop?
posted by pablohoney at 1:41 PM PST - 15 comments

How to use Alt codes on a laptop?

Alt codes.Straight forward enough.Press Alt and then the four digit number.Except my daughters laptop doesn't have an alpha-numeric keyboard and that row of numbers above QWERTYUIOP don't work.Google has failed me.Oh hive...help me retain my status as Mr.Know It All.
posted by Dr.Pill at 1:05 PM PST - 10 comments

Lights, Camera, Action!

Inexpensive digital video recording and editing for a pre-teen? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 1:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Has Microsoft changed their junk mail filter on Entourage recently?

Has Microsoft changed their junk mail filter on Entourage recently? [more inside]
posted by thewiseacre at 12:59 PM PST - 8 comments


I have a giant blank wall in my new rented bedroom and I'd like to do something awesome with it, but nothing permanent so I lose my security deposit. What should I do?
posted by adrober at 12:46 PM PST - 21 comments

Why would a doctor pick someone up by their head?

This question about a bodybuilder beheading oneself reminded me of something I read in a Judy Blume book that I never understood. [more inside]
posted by IndigoRain at 12:46 PM PST - 8 comments

WordPress/LiveJournal cross-posting?

Easiest way to cross-post some (but not necessarily all) entries from a WordPress-powered blog to a LiveJournal account?
posted by Robot Johnny at 12:19 PM PST - 6 comments

Bug identification help

Bug identification help; location: Texas. We found this half-inch bug walking on the wall in my son's bedroom. [more inside]
posted by zek at 12:07 PM PST - 16 comments

Moving to Montreal with a skilled-worker visa?

I'm trying to apply for a Canadian skilled-worker visa, with the ultimate intention of moving to Montreal to live. Can I apply for my Quebec Selection Certificate at the same time as I apply for the federal Canadian Permanent Resident skilled-worker visa? [more inside]
posted by autonia at 12:04 PM PST - 7 comments

Does the Hep C virus replicate in stored blood?

Can the Hep C virus replicate in vials of stored blood? [more inside]
posted by engling at 11:58 AM PST - 4 comments

Will Internet Explorer 7 cure everything that ails me? EVERYTHING?

Predict the adoption rate of IE7 for this beleaguered web developer. [more inside]
posted by sonofslim at 11:57 AM PST - 20 comments

Looking for few hours of peace in downtown Chicago

A café or such in downtown Chicago where one can have a long conversation in peace and comfort ? [more inside]
posted by raheel at 11:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Cady the Übermensch?

In college, a classmate was convinced that Max Cady in Scorsese's Cape Fear was supposed to be the embodiment of Nietzsche's Übermensch. My take was that Cady was more like the Nazi's: picking and choosing as he saw fit, from the Bible as well as Nietzsche. Whether or not you liked the film, how do you weigh in?
posted by malaprohibita at 11:42 AM PST - 11 comments

Cost of traveling to various Asian cities

I need to estimate and compare the expense of a two-week business trip to the following cities: Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Beijing. [more inside]
posted by nyu2 at 11:40 AM PST - 5 comments

Smile! You're on Campus Camera!

Hivemind genii! Help me get the dirt on the TV series being filmed on my campus! [more inside]
posted by Schlimmbesserung at 11:36 AM PST - 8 comments

"If you could be any animal other than a human..."

How can I best prepare for interviews with potential advisers for Grad school? [more inside]
posted by one_bean at 11:35 AM PST - 11 comments

Anyone remember a Mac RPG called "Boden"?

Does anyone remember an older Macintosh single-player shareware role-playing-game, possibly called "Boden," "Boden," or some variation thereof? [more inside]
posted by Kadin2048 at 11:19 AM PST - 8 comments

Script to copy from pop3 to IMAP?

Is there a perl/shellscripted way to automatically check a pop3 account and copy new messages directly into a specified IMAP folder? I've already set up a "forwarding rule" that sort of does this, but if there's a more direct way to accomplish it, that would be cool...
posted by idontlikewords at 10:49 AM PST - 4 comments

I want to read some great boxing books. Suggestions?

What are the best boxing books in these three categories: History of Boxing, a specific fight, and a specific boxer bio?
posted by holdkris99 at 10:47 AM PST - 11 comments

iTunes playlist as text?

iTunes filter: I'm trying to get a text file of a playlist in itunes...any way to do this? [more inside]
posted by ellebee at 9:49 AM PST - 8 comments

Will a cruise trigger my seasickness?

A good friend is getting married on a cruise ship. I get seasick on certain types of boats under certain conditions, but have never been on a cruise ship before. Am I going to toss my cookies during the ceremony? [more inside]
posted by centerweight at 9:49 AM PST - 21 comments

Idea for party entertainment

My wife is turning 40 and is going to have a big party. I am supposed to make some "cultural entertainment" for our 50 guests, mostly family. But I am lacking a great idea. Please help me out.
posted by mitocan at 9:49 AM PST - 14 comments

Why are my individual Blogger posts using a different template?

[BloggerFilter] My individual blog posts are not reflecting the template used at index.html file. [more inside]
posted by beaucoupkevin at 9:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me find a reasonably priced face wash for winter.

[Posting-for-girlfriend filter]: Help me find a reasonably priced face wash for winter. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 9:31 AM PST - 30 comments

To Dose Or Not To Dose?

A twist on the question "is it better to let a cold run its course or is it better to medicate?". There have already been AskMeFi threads to this regard but I repeat the question because of something a doctor told me: if you dry up the runny nose/postnasal drainage, you prevent the mucus from going into your upper respiratory tract, thereby precluding the chest-clearing cough. Is this sound medicine? I've gone through four Kleenex just typing this question.
posted by the sobsister at 9:29 AM PST - 12 comments

Re-partitioning a hard drive

I have a 40 gig hard drive that is currently in two equally-sized partitions; over time the first partition (C: drive) has become full (due, in large part, to program files, which I've pared down to only those I want to keep). I would like to re-do the partitions, such that the C: drive would have, say 25 gig and the D: drive the other (roughly) 15 gig. I'm looking for suggestions/recommendations for what is the best software available for such a task? Thanks in advance for any ideas.
posted by zephyrbill at 9:24 AM PST - 18 comments

Banking with E*Trade okay?

Is E*Trade Bank good? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 9:04 AM PST - 6 comments

water water everywhere, but how to avoid the stink

I'm trying to be good and drink lots of water. I feel better when I do. I work in an office, so I bought one of those knockoff nalgene bottles from target so i can have ice water and not be in danger of spilling it on my computer. 2 problems - how do I keep my desk free of bottle sweat, and how do I keep my bottle from smelling? [more inside]
posted by mrblakwell at 8:48 AM PST - 42 comments

Cyclic and non-cyclic groups

If a group is said to be cyclic if it is generated by a single element (single generator), is the quaternion group an example of a finite group that is not cyclic, since it has four generators {-1, i, j, k}? Also, why is the group of rationals under addition not cyclic?
posted by Mr. Six at 8:46 AM PST - 14 comments

Problems creating a popup keypad in access.

I am developing an access app for a UMPC, and because of the lack of a keyboard, I want to make a keypad number entry popup. [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 8:29 AM PST - 5 comments

iTunes song in the menu bar?

Is there anyway to display the currently playing song (on iTunes) on the empty space of Menu Bar at the top of the screen? (OSX) [more inside]
posted by ruwan at 8:20 AM PST - 6 comments

Disk imaging utility

Is there an easy, cheap way to create an image of my hard drive and put it on DVD(s), without installing software that screws around with my hard drive or requires activation? [more inside]
posted by fvox13 at 8:19 AM PST - 7 comments

The Qur'an's surahs and their dates

Can anyone help me locate a list of the 114 surahs that indicates from which period each dates? [more inside]
posted by AlexanderBanning at 8:08 AM PST - 6 comments

How to make an i-river mp3 player less cumbersome

Is there an armband or similar useful accessory for an i-River HP-140? [more inside]
posted by ob at 8:00 AM PST - 3 comments

Good portable music composition tools?

What are some good portable music composition tools? I'm mostly looking for stuff that would work on a handheld electronic device, but anything that'd fit in a pocket or small bag is fair game. [more inside]
posted by weston at 7:45 AM PST - 10 comments

What to do on Malta

We are going to be on Malta for the last 5 days of December and are looking for specific suggestions of unique things to do, explore, special places to eat, nightlife etc.
posted by frizelli at 7:43 AM PST - 3 comments


What is your favorite and most colorful expression or phrase? Speaking about two idiots that we work with, my coworker said that they looked like 'Two monkey's f*cking a football', which led me to say 'They couldn't organize a piss-up in a brewery', and as a final touch, which made me laugh, my coworker states 'They're about as handy as a bear cub with a toothpick'. I would love to write a book or create a website with colorful phrases from around the world. What are some of your favorite idioms that you use or have overhead in the boardroom, bar, or barnyard?
posted by jasondigitized at 7:42 AM PST - 192 comments

Apartment exit strategy

Need help plotting my apartment exit strategy. [more inside]
posted by LordSludge at 7:42 AM PST - 16 comments

Help me get internet access for a few months in Accrington, UK.

Help me get internet access for a few months in Accrington, UK. [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 7:15 AM PST - 8 comments

MusicCasting a net

Where can I sell a Yamaha MusicCast MCX-1000, a digital jukebox / music streaming device that came out two years too early to be useful? [more inside]
posted by reflexed at 6:52 AM PST - 1 comment

What is said in a particular part of Lost in Translation?

In Lost in Translation, when Bob Harris meets the woman in the hospital waiting room, what (in English) does she say to him, and what if anything does it sound to her like he's saying? I would also love to hear any other spot-translations from the movie if you happen to know them!
posted by lorimer at 6:35 AM PST - 9 comments

How to prep a houseto sell with no furniture?

What's the best way to prep a house for selling? [more inside]
posted by Lord_Pall at 6:32 AM PST - 24 comments

Wireless lockdown

How do I force a machine to connect to only one of a number of available wireless networks? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito at 6:27 AM PST - 4 comments

XP Laptop doesnt "see" Airport Express

Help me get an XP Laptop to see my Airport Express, please! [more inside]
posted by marcomartini at 6:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Mook ugh caveman need help!

Seeking popular culture representations of cave men. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie at 5:34 AM PST - 42 comments

X marks the spot

Hey financial wizkids..... Are some financial products forbidden for Americans? What are X-markets (in plain english)? [more inside]
posted by ruelle at 5:30 AM PST - 11 comments

Why is there a light around your head?

A portrait taken with a semi glossy surface behind the subject now has an odd 'halo' effect, how do I edit this out? [more inside]
posted by IronLizard at 5:23 AM PST - 2 comments

How do I get this greedy high street bank to act responsibly?

UK Credit Card fraud - HELP!! [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 4:55 AM PST - 12 comments

Wicked slice, Jim.

Theoretical physics of a ball in flight: could I put so much spin on a ball that it came back at me? [more inside]
posted by gleuschk at 4:00 AM PST - 14 comments

Philosophy Journal Request

Does anyone have access to a subscription to the British Journal for the History of Philosophy (1996 article) that I could borrow / Request a PDF from? [more inside]
posted by takeyourmedicine at 2:55 AM PST - 33 comments

Which direction for "All this and World War II"?

Where online should I be looking to purchase movies that are rare or unreleased? [more inside]
posted by herting at 2:27 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I figure out the moon's path across the sky?

Is there a way I can figure out the moon's path across the night sky as viewed from a specific location on Earth on a given day? [more inside]
posted by yellowlightman at 12:39 AM PST - 6 comments

October 30

Downloadable audio interviews with famous celebs?

Could someone point me in the right direction for downloading interviews of famous celebs in something like mp3 format. I have an audio assignment and will be splicing my questions together with someone like Tom Cruise's answers, so I need to find a good resource, be they torrents or google. Does anyone know of any particular site that hosts these files?
posted by taita_cakes at 11:50 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me help her!

Pregnancy Filter: My wife is pregnant (hooray), I'd like to do something nice for her... [more inside]
posted by Pollomacho at 11:46 PM PST - 17 comments

What makes a good employee?

A Good Employee is defined by 4 characteristics- I can remember 3 of them. [more inside]
posted by ptm at 10:54 PM PST - 12 comments

With these twenty-six letters...

Popping the question with movable type (not Movable Type). [more inside]
posted by avocet at 9:23 PM PST - 22 comments

Where to find large data sets in Excel / PDF / etc. format

Looking for statistical data of United States economy / consumption / production in Excel (or other) format to convert to XML [more inside]
posted by dvjtj at 9:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Can I get my domain back?

Is there anything I can do to deal with a quasi-cyber-squatter? [more inside]
posted by willbaude at 9:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Elegant lighting solution needed!

AmbianceFilter: How can I control a wall socket with a wall-mounted switch or remote or something convenient without rewiring anything? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 9:10 PM PST - 10 comments

What to do with my shoes?

What do I do with my old shoes? [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster at 8:59 PM PST - 10 comments

Sharpie Sleeves?

Posting for a friend: He just decided on his Halloween costume, and we need to temporairily tattoo his arms. Are then any health concerns for drawing sleeves on each arm in Sharpie?
posted by duende at 8:52 PM PST - 24 comments

Should I switch?

Has anyone come across Deathswitch? Do you think it's worth doing? [more inside]
posted by Lillitatiana at 8:21 PM PST - 6 comments

Open All in Tabs in Firefox without closing existing ones?

In Firefox, is there a way to "Open All in Tabs" in a bookmark folder without closing the ones I already have open? If so, is there a way to have that happen by default when I "Open All in Tabs?" [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 8:13 PM PST - 4 comments

How to reset itunes to Canada store?

How do I get my itunes 7 to point back to the Canadian itunes store? I clicked on a link that asked me to change stores (to the USA one), and now I would like to get Itunes to default to the Canadian store instead of the American one.
posted by burhan at 7:56 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to find out of print/never officially released recordings?

Does anyone have suggestions on where to find these obscure Cat Empire albums? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 7:51 PM PST - 10 comments

The Brown Thumb Kills All!

PlantFilter: What is "pinching off" and how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 7:48 PM PST - 13 comments

how to make a "registered" symbol in unicode?

how to make a "registered" (r-in-circle) symbol to go in a text file to appear in Flash [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 at 7:41 PM PST - 10 comments

7 days in Italy

How to spend 7 days in Italy? [more inside]
posted by cosmonaught at 7:27 PM PST - 26 comments

How can we convert our wine cooler to reach refrigerator temperatures of 35 degrees farenheit or below?

How can we convert our wine cooler to reach refrigerator temperatures of 35 degrees farenheit or below?
posted by Jujee at 7:27 PM PST - 7 comments

Grandparents' rights

What legal rights do grandfathers/grandmothers have in the United States? [more inside]
posted by koeselitz at 7:20 PM PST - 4 comments

Can't we all just share?

How to share files between a Mac and a PC over an 802.11g network? There is of course [more inside]
posted by LoopyG at 7:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find this dress...

Purple dress seen on the latest Bachelor... can you help me find it? (spoiler inside) [more inside]
posted by slim at 7:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Should I get married for tax purposes?

Should I get married for tax purposes? [more inside]
posted by Dance Commander at 7:02 PM PST - 27 comments

I can't remember and it's killing me!

What is the name of this novel/short story? A father is speaking to his daughter (Melanie maybe?) on the phone, and she tells him either that she's pregnant or marrying a much older man, who I think was her professor. I distinctly remember the professor being older than the father by quite a bit; I think the professor gets on the phone and calls the father "sir." The father is horrified, and to make matters worse, he and his wife are getting a divorce, which he doesn't want to tell his daughter about.
posted by tatiana wishbone at 7:01 PM PST - 5 comments

A different sort of deadhead

Do you think a super strong person could yank off his own head? [more inside]
posted by RockyChrysler at 6:56 PM PST - 42 comments

Add recent blog posts (titles) to another website?

What is the best way to add summaries/titles of my recent blog posts (Blogger) to my personal website? [more inside]
posted by imposster at 6:51 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me figure out what to do with all this space!

Help me figure out what to do with all this space! What should I do with my den? [more inside]
posted by ASM at 6:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Does the coital alignment technique cause condom slippage?

Does the Coital Alignment Technique work with condoms? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:29 PM PST - 2 comments

Plugged milk duct? Bleb? This is messing up my symmetry!!

What is the white dot on my nipple? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Also, north africa's really far from South Africa isn't it?

What is there to do in Capetown? I mean I plan on buying a cool cape from one of the legendary cape tailors of cape town but after that...what do I do? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 6:16 PM PST - 8 comments

Best box cutters ever?

Box Cutters: I get lots of boxes, and I'd like a device that turns those boxes into small piles of cardboard that fit in my small trash can. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by sirion at 6:09 PM PST - 9 comments

Require text entry in HTML form

HTML Form filter: How can I require entry in a text field based on which radio button has been checked? [more inside]
posted by Joleta at 5:59 PM PST - 14 comments

How much warning does a month-to-month renter get?

California Rental Laws - terms of "month to month" ? [more inside]
posted by Very Witty, Wilde! at 5:42 PM PST - 7 comments

You bun too sauces snarfed?

Anyone got any idea why these items are greyed out when I run update manager after updating Ubuntu 6.06 dapper to 6.10 Edgy? [more inside]
posted by chrissyboy at 5:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me find a legal non-for-profit summer job.

I'm searching for a 3-month law-related not-for-profit summer job outside of North America. Where should I go, and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by evadery at 5:19 PM PST - 5 comments

Classical Music taxonomy and digitizing

Help me with digitizing and organizing my classical music collection! [more inside]
posted by squishy at 4:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Being a Talent Agent

What does running a talent agency entail? [more inside]
posted by divabat at 4:25 PM PST - 2 comments

what mp3 player?

iFilter - What MP3 player to get? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 3:59 PM PST - 21 comments

I'd like a little wiki, please.

I want a little wiki to host on my web space just for my use and possibly for some friends' use, but I can't seem to find anything to fit my preferences: (1) stores data in text or HTML files rather than a database, (2) lets me change the template by editing the files themselves, and (3) can have cruft-free URL's. [more inside]
posted by freddymungo at 3:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Offbeat eatable housewarming gift for a friend?

I need an awesome housewarming gift for my friend that can be drop-shipped from the other side of the country. Recommendations? (posted anon because this friend reads MeFi). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:41 PM PST - 19 comments

How Do I Hang These Fuckin' Things?

In about 48 hours, I need to hang the originals of these and these (polyoramas) at a local place. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by interrobang at 3:40 PM PST - 9 comments

What difference does it make who covered this?

Help me identify who performed this Smiths cover. [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 3:21 PM PST - 19 comments

How can I work out in the morning without being wrecked for the rest of the day?

How can I work out in the morning without being wrecked for the rest of the day? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone at 3:21 PM PST - 16 comments

Can I have a pet raccoon?

Anyone know anything about pet raccoons? [more inside]
posted by Yelling At Nothing at 3:13 PM PST - 22 comments

I like her but am not interested in anything serious. Ideas for letting her know in a respectful way?

A very sweet person who I am friends with began coming on to me very strongly. I like her but am not interested in anything serious. Ideas for letting her know in a respectful way?
posted by Zebtron at 3:06 PM PST - 13 comments

My wife needs to work. And we have 2 very young kids. Ideas?

We're in a financial hole, and we're looking for ways that my wife -- now a full-time mom to a 2- and a 4-year old -- can earn some income. How can we make this happen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:01 PM PST - 12 comments

Mercenary Linguimancer seeks Steady Paycheck

I am a writer new to western Washington. I am short on experience but long on skill and drive. In the coming months, I shall complete my English education. But I need work now! [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 2:50 PM PST - 4 comments

How do I get rid of the feedback in a WAV file with Audacity?

I have a WAV file of a lecture I'm trying to edit into a Podcast using Audacity. There's some feedback and ringing during some of the speaker's talk. How do I get rid of it (or at least minimize it)? [more inside]
posted by dw at 2:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Sally Strothers: "Would you like to make more money? Sure, we all would..."

Have you ever taken correspondence courses? [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 2:40 PM PST - 5 comments

how does one go about improving their speaking skills i.e. argument, presentation and general eloquence.

how does one go about improving their speaking skills i.e. argument, presentation and general eloquence.
posted by thegeezer3 at 2:39 PM PST - 11 comments

What's the easiest shopping cart app to set-up/configure/use?

What's the best/easiest open-source e-commerce program? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 2:23 PM PST - 6 comments

Where to dine in Bucks Co.?

Upcoming anniversary... anyone in or around Bucks County, PA have particularly pleasant experiences with fine dining in the area? [more inside]
posted by dorothy humbird at 2:21 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me before I get killed by 60 irate cell phone users!!!

I have the task of converting 60 .csv (comma comma delimited) files to a format that can be read by the IDEN phone manager. I cannot import anything other then a .mdb which is normally a Access file, and if I open their default .mdb it opens with access with 4 tables that I cannot do anything to. Is there a program out there to convert different formats to .mdb for IDEN?
posted by Jonsnews at 2:11 PM PST - 4 comments

Is my bush worth anything?

We have 2 mature boxwood bushes (about 10 years old) that are roughly 5 feet tall and 4 feet in diameter. My wife hates them because they obscure our front door. She wants me to cut them down and trash them. Being the cheapskate I am, I would like to dig them up (difficult, I know) and sell them. My question - is there a market for these and roughly how much do they sell for? It looks like small ones sell for $10-$20, but I couldn't find any large ones. Thanks for helping settle this marital dispute.
posted by stockaholic at 1:16 PM PST - 8 comments


I'm having a party on Nov 11th to celebrate the release of Guitar Hero 2 and to rock out to new songs with my friends. I was thinking it might be cool to hang up some fake flyers for my in-game band (Della Rhesus Monkey) around my place for flavor. I have no idea how to go about it, though. I have access to Photoshop, but have very little skill in it. How best to capture that "crappy local band flyer" feeling? Any other suggestions on how to add some nice flavor to the party? (I already have a wig and leather wristbands.)
posted by emptybowl at 1:09 PM PST - 14 comments

Will the 'missing tooth clause' catch up with me?

The evil 'missing tooth clause": is it reinforced strictly by insurance companies? If they have approved the 'pre-estimate' of a dental implant without demanding proof of the contrary, how likely is it that they will also overlook this when the actual claim is submitted?
posted by of strange foe at 12:35 PM PST - 3 comments

Yellow Sock Brigade

Where can I get those yellow socks that Virgin Atlantic gives out on their flights? [more inside]
posted by weaponsgradecarp at 12:14 PM PST - 2 comments

Internet notepad

How to keep an easily-accessible to-do list on the web? [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 12:11 PM PST - 23 comments

Help make sure I don't become a Snarfodoxcicle.

I'm heading to Moscow soon. What is the best way to see the city properly during a few days stop-over? [more inside]
posted by snarfodox at 12:09 PM PST - 6 comments

iPod and iTunes are barely talking.

My iPod no longer works properly with iTunes after upgrading to 7. It's frustrating. Help! [more inside]
posted by deafmute at 12:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Keep me from my sugar coma!

Who has some great tasting, SUGAR FREE, dessert ideas? There's a little bit [more inside]
posted by keep it tight at 11:47 AM PST - 12 comments

Small reception sites in Mpls/St. Paul

Looking for a place for a small wedding reception in the Tiwn Cities, with a few other specifications. [more inside]
posted by Zosia Blue at 11:44 AM PST - 11 comments

How can I make favicons appear on the bookmarks toolbar in Firefox 2 on OS X?

How can I make favicons appear on the bookmarks toolbar in Firefox 2 on OS X? The default theme hides them; is there a way to undo this? I've tried editing the userChrome.css and about:config to no avail. I'm willing to try another theme, if necessary. Are there any out for FF2 that show the favicons? I read this thread, but it doesn't offer any real solution (not for FF2 anyway).
posted by GS1977 at 11:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Disorganised groom. Neat places to stay for 200 bucks a night in Seattle and Vancouver

Honeymoon groom completely useless and disorganised and needs help. Nice places to stay in Seattle and Vancouver. Budget about 200 bucks a night. [more inside]
posted by Vroom_Vroom_Vroom at 11:21 AM PST - 15 comments

fill foam for trees

I have noticed in a few public parks lately that there is a white foam that has been sprayed into the base of oak trees where the roots join the trunk where there is a gap occasionally. I assume that this is like foam insulation for the home. Is it something that I should think about for my oak trees? I have read conflicting answers about doing this for holes in the trunk but I am not sure if this might be something different since it is at the base of the tree. [more inside]
posted by GrumpyMonkey at 11:20 AM PST - 5 comments

Are Capital One miles really available as they say

Does Capital One REALLY have airline miles with no blackout dates? With seats available? I think it's too good to be true, and possibly they just have very few or no seats on those flights. My experience with Northwest is that often you have to use double the miles to get flights in non-blackout times. But it would be nice to get miles on other airlines. anyone have experience on this? [more inside]
posted by judybxxx at 11:12 AM PST - 6 comments

Choking - yea or neah

Kinkfilter: I know there’s a big campaign to discourage kids from playing the choking game, and I know people die from autoerotic asphyxiation all the time, but [more inside]
posted by serazin at 11:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Suggestions for a "election process" party.

What food should one serve at a "learn how to vote" party? [more inside]
posted by crepeMyrtle at 10:49 AM PST - 20 comments

TV SciFi Filter - was it The Outer Limits?

In search of an episode of what I thought was The Outer Limits, but it's not listed in the episode guide, [more inside]
posted by DandyRandy at 10:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Which do I increase?

Exercisefilter: More reps or more weight? Looking for advice on using weight machines. [more inside]
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 10:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Which car part do I need?

I'm having car trouble. Someone with a similar car suggested I get a certain car part in order to attempt to fix the problem. Help me remember the name of the car part. [more inside]
posted by starbaby at 10:41 AM PST - 16 comments

How to get to Great Neck

Getting to Great Neck from New Jersey [more inside]
posted by mojohand at 10:41 AM PST - 10 comments

Will it all come out in the wash?

My wallet just went through the washing machine. What effect (if any) will that have on my credit cards?
posted by Taken Outtacontext at 10:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Bobby Digita

Where can I find some good, solid software for my HP Imagesmart C618 camera with the Digita Operating system? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM at 10:19 AM PST - 0 comments

Freelance to staff leap

Turducken said it concisely: "When (most) freelance writers want to have a family or buy a house, they get jobs as... editors." I am wondering just how they (we) do that! [more inside]
posted by Eater at 10:11 AM PST - 7 comments

Memphis in November

I'll be visiting Memphis for the first time by train in November. Will have one weeknight and two weekdays there. I'll be alone (I'm female and in my 40s) and am specifically looking for a good (centrally located, not too expensive, safe, fun) place to stay and things to do. [more inside]
posted by mmw at 9:51 AM PST - 11 comments

Sleep/eye mask: Thin, comfy, durable?

Find me a good, thin eye mask for sleeping that would allow me to sleep on my stomach comfortably. [more inside]
posted by sdis at 9:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Installing cable in rooms without cable ports

Can I add a cable outlet in my house without running more cable? [more inside]
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 9:34 AM PST - 17 comments

Am I being duely compensated?

Am I making enough money? According to salary.com my pay should range between $50k and $70k, but I make $40k. Are online salary comparison tools to be trusted? Am I getting ripped off? [more inside]
posted by youthenrage at 9:19 AM PST - 18 comments

Sync Google Calendar with Exchange

Can I have Outlook/Exchange forward calendar events to Google calendar? [more inside]
posted by cowmix at 9:13 AM PST - 2 comments

The wisest way to do ERP?

What is the wise way for a medium or large businesses to implement ERP software? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 9:12 AM PST - 4 comments

How to get XP to resize photos again?

Windows XP has stopped offering me the option of resizing my pictures before I email them. I use outlook express. What has happened? [more inside]
posted by Beaufort at 8:55 AM PST - 2 comments

An old Mac problem.

I have an old Mac (SI - 68030 processor) with a number of files I want to access. [more inside]
posted by Neiltupper at 8:49 AM PST - 3 comments

From black to white via every colour inbetween, full screen.

I want to generate a full-screen traversal of the entirety of RGB colour space. This is to be played back on a Windows computer. [more inside]
posted by handee at 8:48 AM PST - 7 comments

judge not, lest ye be denied credit

So, I have a 'judgement' on my credit report. In terms of my credit, does it even matter whether I pay, and is there any way to reverse/erase it? [more inside]
posted by bingo at 8:29 AM PST - 15 comments

News or scare tactic?

A good friend of mine spends each evening with her Mom in a nursing home. An aide told her that they had a staff meeting due to murders in Colorado (perhaps she has state wrong). [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 8:23 AM PST - 16 comments

Why is there a path cut across southern Indiana?

What is this clear-cut path across southern Indiana? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 8:11 AM PST - 16 comments

an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said

What does it mean when you have prophetic dreams that can be independently verified by others? How many of you have prophetic dreams, independently verified or otherwise? Is there something I should be doing? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 8:05 AM PST - 48 comments

What to do in Vietnam and Hong Kong

I'm getting married in February, and the honey moon is planned for Hong Kong and Vietnam (Ho Chi Min). Does anyone have any recommendations on things not to miss in either place? Or ideas of extra special things to do?
posted by Jonnykid at 7:49 AM PST - 10 comments

Am I blue?

My PS2 is not working as a DVD player. Never has. I get audio, but the image alternates from a few seconds of program to a few seconds of brilliant blue screen. Games work perfectly. FWIW, the PS2 is hooked up to a VHS machine (my TV is elderly) which then feeds into the Co-ax on my TV. VHS works perfectly also.
posted by sourwookie at 7:33 AM PST - 12 comments

digital cameras for kids?

FirstDigitalCameraFilter: in the light of recent posts on unrecommended made-for-kids-digicams, what basic&sturdy point&shoot camera should i be looking for, used, on ebay, for my little'uns? [more inside]
posted by progosk at 7:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Vegetarian thanksgiving options in southern Minnesota?

I'm looking for a good vegetarian-focused (as opposed to just vegetarian-friendly) restaurant or buffet for Thanksgiving brunch/dinner somewhere around the Twin Cities area. It doesn't need to be actually in Minneapolis or St. Paul, but within a few hours' driving distance is preferred. Bonus points if the city where this elusive destination also has family friendly Thanksgiving-themed events like hay rides, etc.
posted by jennaba at 7:09 AM PST - 2 comments

Best places to shoot digital photos in Chicago?

Amateur photographer here. Any Chicagoans know of great vantage points to capture the city with my digital camera? [more inside]
posted by RDNZL at 6:43 AM PST - 17 comments

What kind of bush is this?

Any help identifying this plant? It's a shrub about 10' high and the photo shows what it looks like in October in New England. Bonus points if you can provide a reference about whether it's poisonous or not.
posted by cocoagirl at 6:23 AM PST - 9 comments

What's doing in Köln?

We're planning a family holiday in Köln (Cologne) in early December. Aside from the Christmas markets, the Dom and Kölsch bier, anything unmissable? The kids are 5 and 3.
posted by sagwalla at 6:06 AM PST - 10 comments

ow ow OW!

Muscle pain between thumb and forefinger on left hand while weightlifting. Plenty of detail within. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 5:51 AM PST - 5 comments

Help my color scheme not suck.

Color scheme help: This weekend I got bold with my interior colors, painting two adjacent rooms two colors I love. The problem is making it all work. [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby at 5:35 AM PST - 15 comments

Is blackmail always illegal?

I have a question about forcing an employee to resign. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:25 AM PST - 52 comments

Downloadable sets of data?

DoesThisWebsiteExistFilter: Are there any sites that have downloadable sets of data in easily-parseable formats? For example, a list of all US presidents? Or the name of every country's capital? And then have the data available in different formats (XML, CSV, or an on-the-fly generated SQL Insert query)? [more inside]
posted by slater at 3:28 AM PST - 22 comments

Strategies for securing VPN Access?

I'd be interested in hearing strategies for allowing employees' personal computers access to a company VPN. [more inside]
posted by chill at 3:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Why is drinking alcohol not enjoyable for me?

Why is drinking alcohol not enjoyable for me? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 1:49 AM PST - 36 comments

What is Alex Chilton saying in "Bangkok"?

Lyrics question: Alex Chilton's "Bangkok". [more inside]
posted by equalpants at 1:49 AM PST - 2 comments

October 29

Atkins rebound?

Is the Atkins diet worthwhile as a temporary diet for dropping about 10 lbs, or does this type of diet have a higher rate of rebound compared to the same weight loss from portion control, Weight Watchers, etc? I'm aware Atkins is intended to be a lifestyle change, but I tend to keep a constant weight just fine and simply want to take 'er down a notch.
posted by rolypolyman at 11:22 PM PST - 9 comments

what classes should I take?

collegefilter: what classes should I take? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 10:56 PM PST - 18 comments

It wasn't the lost cat she was looking for...

I 'rescued' a cat off the street today because it looked just like a cat I saw on a 'lost cat' poster. The missing cat's owner just came by and said it wasn't the right cat. Now what? [more inside]
posted by nyterrant at 10:37 PM PST - 17 comments

Time to Cancel my Credit Cards?

With the recent MBNA and Bank of America merge, is it okay to/should I cancel my MBNA credit cards? [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious at 10:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Another Flea Question

When fleas can't nibble on your cats ('cuz you've treated the felines with Advantage or something), what do tehy live on? Fur? Cat food? They should just starve. But they say that if you don't sweep them daily you don't get rid of them... [more inside]
posted by Shane at 9:45 PM PST - 19 comments

How to get a gasoline smell out of my sneakers?

How do I get the smell of gasoline out of my shoes? [more inside]
posted by Ryvar at 7:37 PM PST - 13 comments

Shopping in the SF bay area

Shopping in the SF bay area, three questions in one. [more inside]
posted by falameufilho at 6:14 PM PST - 6 comments

please hope me

What is the next number in this sequence: 4, 58, 40, 27, 18, 12, 8, ? Please give your explanation. [more inside]
posted by scodger at 6:10 PM PST - 42 comments

Jewish Funeral Customs

Questions about Jewish funeral customs. My husband's grandmother sadly passed away this weekend and I was hoping for some advice. She was Jewish, I'm not. I have a load of questions inside... [more inside]
posted by dogsbody at 5:11 PM PST - 25 comments

Tai chi class

Anyone know of an ongoing Tai Chi class in the East Bay? [more inside]
posted by puddinghead at 5:01 PM PST - 1 comment

Books about lying, for kids.

I'm looking for books that demonstrate the awful consequences of lying and are appropriate for a 9 year old boy. Subtlety is appreciated, but not required. Any suggestions?
posted by apocry_phil at 4:22 PM PST - 15 comments

Digital Pinhole Camera?

Pinhole Camera Filter. [more inside]
posted by Eekacat at 4:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Getting a salt-water-logged digital camera to work again?

A friend has a DSC-H1 Sony Cybershot camera. It got some salt water in it yesterday (probably not completely soaked, but definitely in the camera). [more inside]
posted by shivohum at 3:54 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I keep cable companies from outsourcing my TiVo?

How do I keep cable companies from outsourcing my TiVo? [more inside]
posted by watch_alot at 3:53 PM PST - 17 comments

What's the signifigance of a refused literary prize in Vietnam?

Can anyone help me make sense of this newsstory:
VietNamNet Bridge – Just a few days after the Vietnam Writers’ Association announced the awards for 2006, Ly Hoang Ly, a young Vietnamese poet, sent a letter of refusal to the association.
The Vietnam Writers’ Association awards are the most prestigious ones in the country for written works. This year, the fiction award was given to the book “Boundless rice field” by Nguyen Ngoc Tu, a young writer from the south, while the award for poems was given to poet Huu Thinh, chairman of the association.
[more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 3:08 PM PST - 4 comments

What is the best way to restore hazy car paint from the 70's?

Posting for a friend. He has a 1971 Chevelle that his Grandfather gave to him, but the paint is hazy and oxidized. He has tried a variety of different products with little to no luck. Can you help him find a way to get the paint as bright and shiny as possible without repainting?
posted by FearAndLoathingInLJ at 2:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Guinness or Skimmed Milk - which is less fattening?

Does draught Guinness really have less calories than skimmed milk? Wikipedia seems to think so but is that right, and can you help me understand why? Thank you :)
posted by fingerbang at 2:34 PM PST - 20 comments

Kitchen Computer

Anybody know where I should start looking for a Kitchen computer? Recipies, news, music... etc. [more inside]
posted by cschneid at 2:23 PM PST - 10 comments

Crunchy deviled eggs?

What makes crunchy deviled eggs crunchy? Alternatively, give me good deviled egg recipes. (Quick! The water's almost boiling!) [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 1:37 PM PST - 25 comments

Odd buildings purpose?

What are these small prefab buildings that I see while traveling on the train (and elsewhere) every once and a while? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk at 1:08 PM PST - 6 comments

How can I switch mouse sensitivity with the touch of a button?

How can I switch my mouse sensitivity between two settings with the touch of one (or two) keyboard buttons? [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 12:48 PM PST - 1 comment

How to clean melted polyester off of glass

How do I remove melted polyester fabric from the glass window of a propane fireplace? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 11:48 AM PST - 5 comments

We require mariachis!

Mariachi bands for hire in Portland, OR? [more inside]
posted by pdb at 11:38 AM PST - 8 comments

Cat eye infection

Cat health filter: strategies for coping with a cat with a recurring herpes based eye infection? [more inside]
posted by queue_strategy at 10:29 AM PST - 4 comments

What to do when you can't stand a friend's spouse.

I have a long time friend (25+ years) who has a spouse I absolutely cannot stand. The spouse is a bore to end all bores. The problem is, since marrying the person (10 years ago), I have not once seen the person without the spouse. I dislike the spouse so much that I now avoid the friend. Advice? [more inside]
posted by Manhasset at 9:55 AM PST - 37 comments

Cat Travel

I'm considering taking my cat with me across the country via plane. [more inside]
posted by prodevel at 9:52 AM PST - 25 comments

How do contractors blow budgets and still get paid?

Large projects that run over budget and the contractors get paid instead of eating the extra costs. Why? [more inside]
posted by kamelhoecker at 9:40 AM PST - 20 comments

Paint on my pants

Last night in the course of being "Mime Donald Trump", I got white grease paint on my pants. Is there a way to get this off of the pants? Will a dry cleaners be able to do it? Are there any home remedies I can use?
posted by josher71 at 7:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Because I don't believe in seances

Help me figure out what my Italian Nonna was calling me all those years. [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles at 7:19 AM PST - 8 comments

When Filemaker 8 Goes Bad

Filemaker Pro 8 refuses to launch. Why? Mac OSX 10.4 Server, Powermac G4 Quicksilver, 1GB RAM. It ran fine for months and then, with no changes to anything, just started crashing on startup, with no warning or dialogue boxes. I've deleted preferences, fixed permissions on all drives, reinstalled FM8, removed FM7 (which I also had on the machine) to no avail. Trying to avoid reinstalling OS X server. Advice?
posted by fourcheesemac at 6:56 AM PST - 10 comments

Kung fu in the DC area?

Martial Arts Filter: To make this short and easy, do any of the MeFites in their collective wisdom have any good suggestions on where a 27 year old with no martial arts experience should look to begin learning such in the D.C. area? I not quite that interested in jujitsu, but all other forms I'm wide open to. Any advice you all might have, I certainly appreciate. [more inside]
posted by Atreides at 6:37 AM PST - 15 comments

How can I kill a Norton AntiVirus 2007 install that's slowing a PC to a crawl?

Norton Antivirus 2007 is killing my wife's PC (I think). How do I get in there and disable/uninstall it. And what should I use instead? [more inside]
posted by wheat at 6:14 AM PST - 27 comments

Looking for fax software

I'm looking for fax software for XP, and wondering what programs other than Winfax are being used. [more inside]
posted by tomble at 3:30 AM PST - 6 comments

It's Not "Just Working"

My iPod freezes up on me whenever I play certain files. [more inside]
posted by rossination at 2:46 AM PST - 9 comments

How to fix a botched paint job?

I've recently painted my bedroom a deep, rich purple. I absolutely adore it, but about 80% of the way through, I ran out of paint. I went back to Home Hardware to pick up another gallon, it is mixed to the exact specs the first can was mixed as, however, after finishing up the room, and doing patch work, it is apparent that there is a slight difference in the color. There's a little [more inside]
posted by irishkitten at 1:44 AM PST - 20 comments

October 28

I've got some Hershey's on me forehead...

What is the goo that drips down Mr. Zorg's forehead in The Fifth Element (1997) [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt at 11:45 PM PST - 37 comments

How can I export from Drupal to Movable Type?

How can I export all of the posts and comments from a Drupal story node into the Movable Type import format? [more inside]
posted by bradlands at 11:15 PM PST - 5 comments

Why shouldn't I go to law school?

What are some legitimate reasons for attending law school? [more inside]
posted by JamesJD at 10:44 PM PST - 44 comments

Why does a detached tire roll faster than the car?

[PhysicsFilter] In movies, when a tire comes off of a speeding car, it begins to move faster than the car. Why does the velocity increase? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull at 9:59 PM PST - 62 comments

This is not as simple as buying noodles.

Is it wise to use imported, Japanese-manufactured hair dye on my hair? [more inside]
posted by fujiko at 9:57 PM PST - 13 comments

Help me watch this video without having to turn my head sideways

Being forgetful, I turned my digital camera sideways when making a video on it. So now I have a sideways video. Is there any way to make it play right side up? [more inside]
posted by catburger at 9:37 PM PST - 6 comments

Gift or No Gift?

EtiquetteFilter: Need help on deciding about a gift for a friend I'm meeting in-real-life for the first time. [more inside]
posted by gadha at 9:17 PM PST - 16 comments

How to maintain consistency at work and not get bored?

How to maintain consistency on the job and not get bored? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 PM PST - 8 comments

Please don't touch me there. Or there. Or there, there, there and... yes, not there either.

Why don't I like to be touched on certain parts of my body? I'm a 38 year old male, and for as long as I can remember, there are places on my body I don't like to be touched. Some of them make sense, given certain events in my past, but most of them not so much. To explain... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:04 PM PST - 25 comments

I need assistance with my cheesecake!

You buy a frozen cheesecake at the natural food store. It doesn't come with directions. You're hungry. Do you eat it frozen? Wait while it thaws on the counter? Heat it up in the microwave? Heat it up in the oven? Something else?
posted by croutonsupafreak at 8:37 PM PST - 23 comments

When I Want To Wander, I Go Outside

High Intensity Gaming: I'm looking for video games that don't let up or have long periods of time where you're just wandering around looking for something to do. (See: Quake 3, Counterstrike, Dead Rising. Seriously, think about it, it's not obvious.) Potential candidates aren't genre specific; some good examples include Grid/Geometry Wars, SSX3, Dynasty Warriors, Viewtiful Joe 2, and Soul Caliber 3. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by effugas at 8:30 PM PST - 42 comments

Did CBT work for you?

I have recently been diagnosed with depression. I am taking 40mg of Prozac a day. I have also been advised to persevere with a course of Cognitive behavioural therapy. I am worried that CBT isnt relevant to me. Has anyone else had or currently having success with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:22 PM PST - 48 comments

How do I get rid of my bumpy, icky eyelids?

GPC (Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis) - have it? Know much about it? Tell me. [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 8:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Does my knee need this?

Orthofilter: So, I've got a damaged medial meniscus and MCL in my right knee. The pain since this began (July) has really subsided to the point of mild inconvenience. Arthroscopy and debridement seem to be fairly common procedures, and I'm wondering whether I can achieve relief without surgery? [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 8:00 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I go about feeling GREAT?

How do I feel better than I ever have in my life? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos at 7:43 PM PST - 49 comments

Difficulty: no apples.

Birthday gift for new teacher. [more inside]
posted by Venadium at 7:30 PM PST - 6 comments

Save me from Job Hell.

How do I get relevant/fulfilling work experience while in grad school for my dream job? [more inside]
posted by mynameismandab at 6:49 PM PST - 14 comments

A browser which makes use of a high-resolution screen?

Is there any browser which can be configured to make use of the full width of my 1400x1500 monitor in displaying websites? [more inside]
posted by tabulem at 6:27 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me to write an (anonymous?) blog about my life as a university lecturer.

How to write a blog about my work (I am a senior lecturer in a university) without making myself exposed, and without breaching rules of confidentially? [more inside]
posted by slimeline at 5:46 PM PST - 20 comments

Crime fighting comic books minus super heroes?

Crime fighting comic books minus super heroes? I'd love recommendations for comic book equivalents of crime fighting/investigative television dramas. [more inside]
posted by aebaxter at 5:07 PM PST - 18 comments

Stirring peanut butter

Is there a neat trick for stirring up natural/old-fashioned peanut butter? [more inside]
posted by climalene at 4:56 PM PST - 25 comments

The FFFishes' Guide to Waterboarding

I'm thinking about being waterboarded, just to see what it's all about. How can I do it correctly, ie. not end up dead? [more inside]
posted by five fresh fish at 4:38 PM PST - 31 comments

English slang expression that sounds like "CASE OH"?

English slang expression that sounds like "CASE OH"? [more inside]
posted by AmbroseChapel at 4:01 PM PST - 33 comments

Tips for cleaning sterling silver jewelry?

I've been cleaning some sterling silver necklaces with a jewelry polishing cloth. The necklaces now seem clean, but there is still a lot of black stuff coming off on the cloth, no matter how long I scrub the necklaces with it. Why is this?
posted by zembla3 at 3:12 PM PST - 8 comments

Yes, it's time to play "Name That Career"

If you stick my career and educational experience in a blender, what do you get? [more inside]
posted by nightengine at 3:11 PM PST - 3 comments

possible plagiarism/copyright web problem

I want to start a website as a hobby basically. I have several books/articles on a subject that interests me and seemingly some other people too. I think I have all the books/articles available in English on this topic. This area is very poorly covered on the internet. I want to use the knowledge I have, but I don't want to be accused of plagiarism or run into copyright problems. I won't "copy" anything word for word or scan any of the illustrations from the books. [more inside]
posted by selton at 2:37 PM PST - 8 comments

How to change my eating habits

Help me change my eating habits. [more inside]
posted by eustacescrubb at 1:51 PM PST - 33 comments

Where will my blog live?

Where will my blog live? [more inside]
posted by benjh at 1:28 PM PST - 7 comments

Gift certificates expiration date is legal?

Are gift certificates allowed to expire in California? I thought there was a law that says that they can't legally expire. Am I wrong?
posted by aacheson at 1:10 PM PST - 3 comments

What have you done to archive your media?

I've browsed the archives but not really come up with anything satisfying. What should I do for archiving media? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 1:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Destination: Get Down!

I just bought a black down coat and the down is constantly stuck to the outside of it. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by mike_bling at 12:35 PM PST - 6 comments

Donor Fulfillment

Suggest some good donor fulfillment services to send out feelers to, for a 7-figure NPO fundraiser that will largely be conducted online.
posted by Tlogmer at 11:40 AM PST - 2 comments

printing matlab figures to memory

MatLabFilter: Printing figures to memory? I know that I can use the versatile print command to print a figure to a file. But how might I be able to turn a figure into a matrix in matlab's memory? [more inside]
posted by garethspor at 11:36 AM PST - 3 comments

Why can't my girlfriend and I fall asleep together?

Why can't my girlfriend and I fall asleep together? Of course there's much [more inside]
posted by hangingbyathread at 11:30 AM PST - 28 comments

Can I use mpeg-2 inside Fianl Cut Studio 5.1?

I'm going to be getting Final Cut Studio 5.1 at work. Can I edit mpeg-2 files in it? I couldn't in the old versions, and I can't figure out the tech specs to know whether I can INPUT mpeg-2 to edit or just export to it.
posted by Mayor Peace Love and Unity at 10:58 AM PST - 3 comments

CFS and Disability: To Do or Not To Do

A few years back I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. For a while I was fairly dubious of this diagnosis but now that it has been confirmed as a genetic disorder I feel maybe I should get over my pride and start treating this like the life-affecting problem it is. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:58 AM PST - 9 comments

What are some alternatives to Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology column?

What are some alternatives to Rob Brezsny's Free Will Astrology column? [more inside]
posted by stokast at 10:29 AM PST - 14 comments

Yes, I do want to work here

How do I convince a prospective employer that I really do want the job... [more inside]
posted by qwerty155 at 10:11 AM PST - 13 comments

Firefox 2.0 and mp3tunes: Help me glue my cookie back together

Firefox 2.0 and mp3tunes: Help me glue my cookie back together [more inside]
posted by sil3ntstatic at 9:56 AM PST - 2 comments

importing csv into palm zire

How can I view and search csv files exported from excel on my mac, using free tools?
posted by mecran01 at 9:08 AM PST - 9 comments

Identify the song in this trip-hop clip

Help me identify this instrumental latin-ish (?) downtempo/trip-hop song from this mp3 clip [more inside]
posted by pooya at 8:51 AM PST - 7 comments

All work and no play makes theantikitty a dull girl

I'm looking for a private place to write for a weekend (with the possibility of multiple weekends if it seems extremely productive) within about 30-45 minutes of the city of Pittsburgh. I'm thinking a little cabin in the woods, or something similar. I'm also thinking cheap! [more inside]
posted by theantikitty at 8:31 AM PST - 3 comments

Santa or no Santa?

I am struggling with my son and the truth about Santa. Unwrap the box, there's [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 7:31 AM PST - 47 comments

Be it ever so humble...

How can I make my house's decor appear sophisticated and interesting? [more inside]
posted by LoriFLA at 7:18 AM PST - 25 comments

Printing from camera USB socket?

Why can't I print from my laptop using the digital camera socket on the front of my printer? [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 4:55 AM PST - 9 comments

OSXFilter: MySync broken - how to fix it?

OSX SoftwareFilter: How can I fix what MySync did to my Mac mini, and find a new solution to keep my machines in sync? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 4:35 AM PST - 2 comments


I'm currently working a job with soul-sucking 60+ hour weeks. How can I get myself motivated/un-exhausted enough to enjoy my weekends? Of course, there's [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 4:28 AM PST - 15 comments

So, what's the skinny on accountancy?

So, what's the skinny on accountancy? [more inside]
posted by Chorus at 3:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Minibus hire - Canada?

Minibus hire in Canada? [more inside]
posted by fullysic at 2:38 AM PST - 6 comments

First person to suggest Nickelcreek gets smacked with a Fiddle

I'm looking for examples of stripped-down bluegrass songs with the kind of eerie/sad sound that gives you goosebumps and makes your heart ache. [more inside]
posted by empyrean at 2:25 AM PST - 40 comments

Hallucinogens at Titanic cast party?

Does anyone here remember an incident that may have happened during the filming of Titanic? I remember a story that I read in the newspaper around that time saying that several people were taken to hospital after unknowingly ingesting a hallucinogen at a cast party. [more inside]
posted by alltomorrowsparties at 1:57 AM PST - 4 comments

Morning afters...?

Morning after a drunken 'hook up', what do you do? More follows... [more inside]
posted by pwf at 1:55 AM PST - 29 comments

How do drug companies pick the colours for pills?

How does colour-coding of medications work? For instance, Prozac is typically the combination of green and white, and the generic brands also perserve this colour. Is there some kind of universal system that pharmaceutical companies adhere to? How are the colours of medications determined?
posted by perpetualstroll at 1:47 AM PST - 13 comments

October 27

Charming road warrior seeks smart and sassy net protection software for fulfilling relationship.

Help this desktop power user protect his new laptop from evil internet demons while using public Wifi hotspots. [more inside]
posted by chrominance at 11:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Poker Mindgames

Quick question for the poker players--What do you enjoy doing to confuse/befuddle your opponents? What interesting devices have you seen other players do? I am talking about making comments, sending off false tells etc...psychological manipulation, in other words. [more inside]
posted by Mrs.Doyle at 9:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Power adapter, battery, wall socket?

Help me understand/explain anomalous laptop power adapter and/or battery behaviour. Why would it be dead, then fine? Why would the system crash when it should hibernate? [more inside]
posted by tiamat at 8:28 PM PST - 6 comments

It says "ask anything," so I'm asking.

Help me find a gospel song that includes the lyrics "ask anything that you will in my name." [more inside]
posted by not that girl at 8:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Enough with this Mac Problem already.

MeFi Mac Gurus: Here's an odd problema for you to solve: [more inside]
posted by Fupped Duck at 8:01 PM PST - 16 comments

Go *beeep* *beep* *beep* yourself...

I have a Thinkpad G41. About an hour ago, I (shut it off) packed it in a backpack-style case, and rode my bicycle to the radio station where I work. Upon arriving, I turn it on and the screen does not do anything at all. Everything else about bootup appears normal, except the total deadness of the screen (the light behind the TFT does not appear to come on). Also, there are (what I presume to be) BIOS beeps, one long two short. Googling produces this which informs me I have a "video adapter error". What do I do now? (This laptop is about a year old, I think it's out of warranty now... is it just doomed to become a server?)
posted by phrontist at 7:49 PM PST - 14 comments

What will it be like after nasal surgery?

I'm booked for surgery for a deviated septum on November 27th. My wife has heard 'horror stories' and now my choice is to cancel the surgery and live the rest of my life continuing not to be able to breath through my nose properly, or have the surgery and *allegedly* needing my wife to 'take care of me' for a week and *allegedly* not being allowed to let our baby near my face for more than a month. [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 7:46 PM PST - 29 comments

What is the name of the programmer who killed himself?

I read this article a few years ago about a Silicon Valley programmer who committed suicide after getting rich off a startup. I can't remember the name of the programmer but I do remember some of the details. Does anyone know this story? [more inside]
posted by onepapertiger at 7:33 PM PST - 9 comments

How do I make plans for the future knowing I have MS?

A few years ago I was diagnosed with MS. Since then, I've grown increasingly confused about how I should plan my future due to the possible future effects of the disease. At this point I've completely lost perspective on the matter, and the more I think about it, the less sure I am of any decision being the correct one. I'm hoping for some objective advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:19 PM PST - 17 comments


Looking for a dedicated server hosting provider [more inside]
posted by strawberryviagra at 7:08 PM PST - 14 comments

oh, to call a spanish cellphone...

what's the cheapest way to call from the US to a spanish cellphone? [more inside]
posted by yonation at 6:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Cardboard Geodesic Dome

I want to build a small, inexpensive geodesic dome using cardboard. Where can I find good specs and instructions? Is this even feasible with regular cardboard? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah at 6:10 PM PST - 8 comments

What is the source of this Dostoevsky quote?

What is the sources of this quote attributed to Dostoevsky? "The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons." [more inside]
posted by Stauf at 5:59 PM PST - 8 comments

non-zen zen-ness: oh heck

I just got a new Creative Zen Nano Plus 1gb mp3 player as a surprise gift from a friend. The trick is that I'm a Mac user, and by all official accounts the two are incompatible. Help, please. [more inside]
posted by soviet sleepover at 5:44 PM PST - 4 comments

Make Winamp work for me

Winamp playlist help. I have a bunch of playlists in Winamp, but frequent re-organization of my music directory has broken all the links. Is there a way for Winamp to find the new locations of the files so I don't have to re-assign hundreds of songs, or, barring that, is there a smarter music library program that will do the work and can import Winamp playlists?
posted by schroedinger at 5:13 PM PST - 3 comments

I need a killer blog title

Either I lose 20 lbs by December 10, or lose $150. That's the agreement I made with 2 friends and my daughter. And it's in writing. So I figure I'm going to pull out my bag o' diet tricks and document everything along the way - but I need a catchy title for my blog. [more inside]
posted by dropkick at 4:47 PM PST - 47 comments

Can't we negotiate?

After only a week or so of job search, I've been offered a software development position at a little startup that does almost exactly what I want to do. Seriously, I cannot imagine a more ideal group to work for. I'm supposed to contact them next week to discuss terms and salary. However, during the interview, some of the statements seemed to imply that they didn't have the budget to satisfy my requested salary. I really want to work for these folks, but don't want to sell myself short. Can you think of creative suggestions I might make during negotiations to make up the difference? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 4:34 PM PST - 19 comments

only connect: adding a password to my router screws up my signal

I can't figure out how to password-protect my wireless internet connection. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 4:08 PM PST - 10 comments

8 string Tahitian Ukulele

My boyfriend bought an 8-string (dual string) ukulele in Tahiti and we can't find info ANYWHERE online. Everything we find is about the traditional 4 string ukulele. Looking for any links re: chords, tutorials, tuning, charts, books, etc. on Thank you!
posted by camfys at 3:19 PM PST - 7 comments

Good FLV Players?

Looking for a web-based FLV player (ideally want it to approximate the youtube one.) For-pay is fine. The usage has to be just 'pass your flv url to the player and it plays' (ie. not something that requires manipulation in Macromedia Flash to work.) Any pointers? Thanks.
posted by Firas at 3:05 PM PST - 5 comments

Channel One video?

A friend of mine would like to share Channel One educational video with her graduate class. While Channel One makes programs available through their website, they don't include any of the "in between" content; advertisements, etc. As there isn't much demand for this content outside of schools, file sharing networks aren't very useful. Any ideas on how to track down some content?
posted by aladfar at 2:55 PM PST - 3 comments

Am I doomed to another another failed epidural the next time I have a baby?

PregnancyFilter: Was the size of my baby the reason that the epidurals didn't work? [more inside]
posted by echolalia67 at 2:47 PM PST - 12 comments

drive scenes 3d animation

I have to find some good drive scenes for 3d animation [more inside]
posted by curiousleo at 2:11 PM PST - 2 comments

What is the electronic/techno song from the unnarrated Ask.com commercial?

Name that (commercial) tune! Ask.com is currently running a television ad that features no spoken script. The ad begins "Why is Ask.com the fastest-growing search engine?" in white text against a red background, and the ad continues with snippets of newspaper reviews, etc. There is an electronic/techno background soundtrack. What song is playing, and is it available for purchase?
posted by jafmuse at 1:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Landlord won't take my money!

My landlord won't take my money. How long can a landlord sit on rent checks? [more inside]
posted by Sprocket at 1:37 PM PST - 38 comments

How to restore faded signatures on a ceremonial document?

The ink with which we signed our ketubah (a Jewish marriage contract, in this case a beautifully illuminated one) has almost completely faded in less than three years! What should we do? [more inside]
posted by ericbop at 1:29 PM PST - 11 comments


Help the glitter ninja be a convincing zombierista~! [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 1:24 PM PST - 6 comments

GUI Music video

Does anyone remember the name of a music video where the band is playing, and they keep getting moved about and assaulted by a pointer, as if they were part of a computer's GUI? And, if possible, where to find it online? Or, if you know of any other videos along that theme?
posted by fungible at 1:23 PM PST - 5 comments

All the news that's fit to print. And more.

Why would a newspaper reveal a murder victim's house value and transaction history? [more inside]
posted by acoutu at 1:03 PM PST - 9 comments

Never smile at a crocodile... Peter Pan stuff for grownups?

Where can I find grown up stuff with a Peter Pan theme? Mr. Orangemiles loves Peter Pan but I don't want to get him green tights for his birthday. Something that says, "Yeah, you're getting older but I still love that little boy inside," would be better. Recognizable connection to Peter Pan, if possible, and a $30 budget. Suggestions?
posted by orangemiles at 12:56 PM PST - 9 comments

Believe it or not, I won't have the most obscure costume.

Yes, another Halloween question. Help me out with my obscure costume! In short, I'm going as a visual representation of the Weimar Republic. [more inside]
posted by kalimac at 12:45 PM PST - 8 comments

Do I really need to renew my passport?

Is it a necessity to have a passport when traveling to Mexico? [more inside]
posted by rglass at 12:38 PM PST - 13 comments

Big Trouble, Little Bosnia

So, what can you tell me about the Bosnian mob? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse at 12:35 PM PST - 6 comments


I want to be a mummy for Halloween. [more inside]
posted by c at 12:32 PM PST - 10 comments

A math terminology question

A math terminology question. What is meant by a "log-linear" relationship, and what distinguishes it from a plain logarithmic one?
posted by shoos at 12:27 PM PST - 13 comments

Too bad I already went as Eddie Munster

I'm going as the wolf from Little Red Riding Hood. I don't want to do a whole wolf outfit...just something that gives the impression of a wolf. [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 12:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Help a new admin?

Newb sysadmin filter: I've got an internal website 'blahblahblah/blah' that I want people to be able to get at by just typing 'blah' in their browser... where do I specify this? hosts?
posted by Cosine at 12:07 PM PST - 11 comments

How to find more money for school and living?

There aren't enough days in the week for me to make enough money to live. Hm. [more inside]
posted by bash at 12:03 PM PST - 47 comments

leaving do or don't?

Further to this post, I'm even more sick of the bedsit I'm renting. What are my options in terms of getting out? [more inside]
posted by iamcrispy at 12:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Need $3000 liquid cash

I just landed a well paying job in Seattle after having a soul sucking job, where I did not save a penny for about a year. While the new salary will be great, I am essentially broke, and I need a $3000 loan to relocate and get started (which has been determined to be my responsibility to cover by negociation). None of my relatives or friends have this kind of cash, nor do I have a credit card. So how would I go about getting $3000? Can I just take my job offer into a bank and use that as leverage for a loan? Mefites, help me back out of this corner and find the cash to live my dream.
posted by |n$eCur3 at 12:00 PM PST - 16 comments

Am I Getting Ripped Off?

How can I make sure I'm not being overcharged for surgery and/or ripped off by my health insurance company? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 11:38 AM PST - 6 comments

Apple Rumormongers needed: New Macbooks Soon?

New Macbooks? Am I right in thinking that every one of Apple's new intel line products have been updated except the Macbook? I know that the Mac Pro and Xserv have not, but they were released later, so that's ok. The iMac, the Mini, and now the Macbook Pro have all received nice quiet little bump-ups in specs that make a considerable difference. A little more within... [more inside]
posted by eleongonzales at 11:24 AM PST - 15 comments

Sitemap on bilingual Typepad site?

I have a bilingual website hosted on Typepad and want to create a sitemap for both sites that is friendly with Google Webmaster tools. [more inside]
posted by Blue Buddha at 11:21 AM PST - 0 comments

Media Packet meltdown...

What do I put into a media packet for print advertising? [more inside]
posted by dearest at 11:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Midterms in MA

I'm going to be traveling in Boston on election night. Any suggestions for friendly bars that would be tuned in and friendly for watching election returns? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg at 11:16 AM PST - 11 comments

Which volume knob will get rid of the voices in my head??

Which of my three volume controls should I use?? [more inside]
posted by clh at 11:12 AM PST - 9 comments

Excel Hell

How can I open a Microscoff Excel (Macintosh) version 1 document? [more inside]
posted by TiredStarling at 11:08 AM PST - 6 comments

Do i really need to wear flip flops?

Will anything bad really happen if I don't wear flip flops in the gym shower? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew at 10:57 AM PST - 31 comments

don't do this at home

Inhaled a lot of WD40 last night. Will I be ok? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker at 10:55 AM PST - 10 comments

Plants on a Wall!

Where can I find the shelves/brackets to hang/place plants on walls? [more inside]
posted by jcwagner at 10:49 AM PST - 3 comments

A place for everything and everything in its place.

I'm looking for household organization templates. [more inside]
posted by Human Flesh at 10:30 AM PST - 4 comments

A question about home contents insurance in the UK.

A question about home contents insurance in the UK. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:21 AM PST - 4 comments

Background check: deal breaker?

Employment history filter: I am starting a new job after about a year of intermittent contract work padded between various stages of unemployment. Though I never lied about anything, they might uncover that my past year has in fact been really spotty in terms of work (during interviews, we talked about my contract projects, but they didn't ask about specific dates or durations). Does this make me screwed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:20 AM PST - 7 comments

Beginning investor, seeking basic opinions and links for more research & self-teaching!

Total beginner to investing and finance, researching how to start investing maybe $2K each year, mostly in socially responsible mutual funds -- and how a young, healthy person should balance retirement investment with other kinds of investments. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:20 AM PST - 10 comments

It's the great pumkin seed recipe, Charlie Brown

Anyone have a tried-and-true pumpkin seed recipe? I've tried making them in the past with veggie oil and Lawry's seasoned salt, but they turn out chewy and oily and awful. I'd like to make the glorious, pure-white, salt-encrusted type you can buy in little packs at the Quickie Mart. Advice? Besides going ahead and buying the little packs at Quickie Mart?
posted by printchick at 10:17 AM PST - 13 comments

Black like me

I'm white. The character I am dressing up as for Halloween happens to be black. Face paint? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:50 AM PST - 71 comments

Hey, could you have a look at this condo I've been having?

How necessary is a home inspection when buying a condo? [more inside]
posted by willpie at 9:48 AM PST - 21 comments

Time to get glasses?

Just got my first eye prescription for mild farsightedness. The optometrist said my eyes could still focus on things fine so I didn't need glasses, but if I noticed eyestrain or headaches, then I could fix those problems with glasses. I don't notice eyestrain and only get headaches when I'm low on coffee. Is there any reason to go ahead and get glasses? Do glasses accelerate or slow any futher eye degeneration? [more inside]
posted by stopgap at 9:36 AM PST - 9 comments

My Bloody Poopentine

I always have bloody poop after a night out drinking. [more inside]
posted by rbs at 9:28 AM PST - 21 comments

Help me buy an audiobook not for sale in the US

How can I get around the geographic restrictions on purchasing some books and/or where can I buy the audiobook for The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins in the US? [more inside]
posted by travis vocino at 8:56 AM PST - 4 comments

What kind of wood is my deck made of?

What kind of wood is my deck made of? [more inside]
posted by designbot at 8:53 AM PST - 13 comments

mp3 to aiff

mp3-aiff: What's the best way to preserve the questionable quality of mp3s when converting to aiff so that they'll play on a mix cd?
posted by OmieWise at 8:32 AM PST - 15 comments

3D Charts/Graphs in OSX

Help me create awesome 3D graphs/charts in OS X. [more inside]
posted by AMP583 at 8:22 AM PST - 6 comments

How can I make fake, wearable whipcream?

I need to fake whipped cream for a costume. (Ok, I'll admit it: I'm trying to dress my dog as a slice of pie.) Is spray foam insulation safe? It won't be in contact with skin or fur. Any other ideas?
posted by juniper at 7:59 AM PST - 14 comments

Stock my liberry.

I just finished the last book on my Must Read list. Help make me a new one. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 7:51 AM PST - 59 comments

What happens after you're tossed out of the airlock?

Lost in space... forever? What happens after you're tossed out of the airlock? [more inside]
posted by the matching mole at 7:43 AM PST - 29 comments

Help me find this Jack Russell print!

Help me find this Jack Russell print! [more inside]
posted by saucy at 4:13 AM PST - 3 comments

Real estate transaction question?

TxRealEstateFilter: What rights do i have if someone backs out of a selling their house after the contract is signed? [more inside]
posted by flipmiester99 at 4:02 AM PST - 13 comments

It's in my head and I can't get it out!

What is the name of the music that accompanied the Pink Panther cartoon series? [more inside]
posted by viama at 3:35 AM PST - 4 comments

Best way to display a 12x18 poster?

Frame-wise (or not) what's the best way to display posters like these (sized 12 x 18)? I just bought three of them and it feels wrong just to put push pins through them.
posted by pealco at 2:58 AM PST - 12 comments

Migrating Slang

Here in the far-flung reaches of the English-speaking world, we're constantly being told our local language is being taken over by "American Slang". But does it go the other way? Are there any British / Australian / New Zealand or wherever phrases and words that have become commonly used by people in North America recently? Do Brooklynites ever exclaim "Crikey!" or "Bloody Hell!"?
posted by Jimbob at 2:42 AM PST - 50 comments

Strip HTML from Excel

I have a large excel spreadsheet that contains various html tags, mainly bold and anchor tags (in upper case and lower case). How can i automagically remove them? [more inside]
posted by anonaccount at 2:22 AM PST - 9 comments

Last minute Halloween advice. With a twist!

Last minute costume advice for an extremely short person. [more inside]
posted by shaun at 1:23 AM PST - 27 comments

Why does my powerbook fan run all the time (when external monitor is connected)?

Why does my powerbook fan run all the time (when external monitor is connected)? [more inside]
posted by buybelen at 12:54 AM PST - 4 comments

October 26

What does DS & DD mean in forums?

What does DS and DD mean on forums? [more inside]
posted by Maia at 11:45 PM PST - 14 comments

From a distance...

Is there a way I can turn my monitors off with a keyboard shortcut? [more inside]
posted by CXImran at 10:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Build The TV of the Future

Help me build an awesome PC-based media center for $2k [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 10:03 PM PST - 9 comments

how to connect notebook to HDTV?

how to connect HDTV to notebook to display video streaming content from notebook? [more inside]
posted by dy at 9:48 PM PST - 8 comments

Suggestions for someone on the verge of starting a small business

I'm thinking of starting a small business - should I do it? [more inside]
posted by letitrain at 9:12 PM PST - 23 comments

Pitching a profile article

Do I need to contact a company before I pitch a profile to the local newspaper? [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty at 8:51 PM PST - 3 comments

A quote on advertising

Looking for a Bill Bernbach quote on the advertising business that was used in an ad in HOW magazine a few years back. [more inside]
posted by pman78 at 8:37 PM PST - 1 comment

How do I deal with a score-keeper?

How do I deal with a relentless 'score-keeper'? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:37 PM PST - 15 comments

What's the Climate Change vibe?

Has there been any discernible change recently regarding public opinion of anthropogenic climate change in your neck of the woods? [more inside]
posted by wilful at 6:20 PM PST - 22 comments

Looking for a quote about the use of quotes

I'm searching for a specific quote about the use of quotes I read online a few years ago in a feature about The Designer's Republic where Ian Anderson was answering questions submitted by the public. [more inside]
posted by jchgf at 6:10 PM PST - 4 comments

What do I do with alllll this bread??

What can I do with just-turned-stale bread, besides make French toast?
posted by Lisa S at 5:55 PM PST - 34 comments

My friend wants to be Louis L'amour

A friend of mine is writing a novel set in the old west a la spaghetti western style. [more inside]
posted by hollygoheavy at 5:51 PM PST - 2 comments

How can I setup my own voice mail system?

How can I set up my own voice mail service? I want to set up something where people buy/rent phone numbers from me and setup voice mail greetings for their friends to hear when they call. How do I go about procuring multiple phone numbers in multiple area codes like "gotVmail" and similar services do? How do I setup voice mail to email? Basically, I want to set up a service like "gotVmail" without 99% of the bells and whistles. Can I do this with asterisk? Any insight into this is well appreciated.
posted by Ezrie at 5:47 PM PST - 5 comments

Firefox 2.0 Not Working

I updated to Firefox 2.0 yesterday and everything was fine. Today, after using Firefox periodically, I came home and tried to start it and nothing happened. In Windows Task manager, I can see that the firefox.exe process is running, but the actually browser is not popping up. I've tried rebooting and I've checked for spyware. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Falconetti at 5:32 PM PST - 11 comments

Best WordPress setup to publish a NaNo novel on the web?

So, with NaNoWriMo coming next week, I've been looking up past questions on music to write to, novel writing and organizing applications, and ways to write anywhere. But... what would be the best way to publish your NaNo novel on the web as you go? I'm thinking WordPress. [more inside]
posted by pzarquon at 5:29 PM PST - 10 comments

Do I really need to fully charge my new Ipod battery?

I just got a new battery in my ipod. The instructions say I need to charge it for a few hours before using. Is there any reason for me not to unplug it before it fully charges and start using it?
posted by ManInSuit at 4:45 PM PST - 22 comments

Where are my e-mails?

Apple Mail has suddenly stopped retrieving my messages... [more inside]
posted by purplefiber at 4:30 PM PST - 7 comments

What is driving family members away, due to an obsession with family life called?

Is there a name for the behaviour where someone becomes so fixated on 'family' and family visits/occasions that they become controlling, unreasonable and obsessive to the point where they end up driving family members away? Is there a psychological disorder or term which might cover this? [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft at 4:08 PM PST - 18 comments

administrator, hope me

Imminent homelessness as of Saturday 10/28. [more inside]
posted by attackthetaxi at 3:59 PM PST - 40 comments

my cat can't handle his insecticide

My cat's flea medication makes him ill. I need some alternatives to it to discuss at my next vet appointment. [more inside]
posted by Mayor Curley at 3:37 PM PST - 9 comments

How can a group of friends setup a travel savings account?

How can a group of friends setup a travel savings account? [more inside]
posted by Mesach at 3:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Uh, I can't talk to you unless you pay me.

Now that I'm consulting, how can I gracefully tell colleagues that I'm not going to give them free advice? [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow at 3:23 PM PST - 20 comments

Are Interstate Car Sales a Feasible, Good and Legal Idea?

A new car costs, say, $16,000. A state's sales tax is, say, 8.5%. That would add an additional tax of $1,360. Which is about the price of a nice new laptop. Is there a way to do this interstate over the internet to avoid the extra tax? [more inside]
posted by felix at 3:13 PM PST - 21 comments

Preparing softer foods for my partner and I

What kind of softer-food meals can I prepare for my partner and I that we won't get tired of? [more inside]
posted by rhapsodie at 3:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Name my site! Win a prize!

I'd like to start Yet Another T-Shirt Selling Site. I need help coming up with a good name. Winner gets a free shirt! [more inside]
posted by o2b at 3:03 PM PST - 24 comments

Professional Pet Peeves

What are common pet peeves for different professions? [more inside]
posted by pembleton at 2:55 PM PST - 105 comments

strauss without singing

Strauss Without Singing - I'm a huge fan of Strauss' orchestra compositions but dislike the opera singing. I know this will make me sound unclassy but I have to ask: is there an orchestra recording of "Four Last Songs" that is just the orchestration and no voice? I've looked and can not find. And additionally, if I wanted to do it m'self - what software/hardware exists to either cancel out voice from music, and music from voice? THANKS AS ALWAYS.
posted by Peter H at 2:51 PM PST - 7 comments

what to do in bucharest

I am traveling to Bucharest next week for work and do not know anyone there or what to do. I have little time and have more interest in people than buildings or artifacts. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 2:49 PM PST - 2 comments

How is the volume of a 6 oz tea cup measured?

How are the volumes of (tea) cups commonly measured? For instance, does a “6 oz” tea cup hold 6 oz of liquid when filled to a normal level, or must it be filled to the brim to reach 6 oz? [more inside]
posted by Handcoding at 2:45 PM PST - 7 comments

Generate email response from database.

Is there a free simple web to email gateway or scriptable email responder that will run on windows server 2003? [more inside]
posted by Nothing at 2:37 PM PST - 3 comments

TSA rules make no sense! Surprise!

More US TSA questions. So this all your 3 oz or smaller liquid/gel personal hygeine items must fit in a one quart plastic bag thing, is that including the lipstick & other cosmetics, or just including the liquids & gels? I've checked TSA and several airport/airline sites and all the examples just show shampoo & shaving cream, &c in the baggie. Even the "woman business traveler" video doesn't show lipstick in her baggie. The only people I know who have flown since the new requirement are men and they have no idea. Is there any woman of MeFi who has flown in the last week (bonus if you left from O'Hare) and can tell me whether *all* my cosmetics, as well as my toiletries, must fit in the single one quart zip top baggie?
posted by crush-onastick at 2:31 PM PST - 15 comments

Is this a violation of no-smoking laws?

Is my office violating California's no-smoking laws? [more inside]
posted by tumbleweedjack at 2:30 PM PST - 10 comments

costly nuts

I have a question about bill collectors! [more inside]
posted by baklavabaklava at 2:15 PM PST - 13 comments

New business account

Can you recommend a bank or credit union for a new business account? [more inside]
posted by idlm at 2:13 PM PST - 1 comment

Do I have narcolepsy, insomnia, both or neither?

Can I have narcolepsy and insomnia, or am I just another cad with cyberchondria? [more inside]
posted by JeremiahBritt at 2:06 PM PST - 8 comments

Sale or No Sale?

What constitutes an agreement to sell on sites like Craigslist? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze at 2:01 PM PST - 17 comments

Yet another cat pee smell question.

Cat pee on a car seat. Yes, I've read previous cat pee questions... [more inside]
posted by O9scar at 1:48 PM PST - 8 comments

I'm a Devo-ted fan of this idea...

Los Angeles Costume Help: In search of one of the famous red multi-level hats that members of Devo have worn in numerous pictures and in the music video for 'Whip It' [more inside]
posted by adamk at 1:32 PM PST - 13 comments

How do I use htaccess to redirect a bunch IPs to a text file on my server?

Using htaccess, I'd like to redirect all requests from a random set of IPs to a text file explaining that the IP has been banned. What would be the easiest and most efficient way to do this? [more inside]
posted by maxpower at 1:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Friend + kiss = now + history

What do I do about an old friend who wants to get back together with his old girlfriend, who I am now pursuing? They broke up a long time ago. [more inside]
posted by rhizome at 1:22 PM PST - 30 comments

Good learning electronics kits

I'm looking for recommendations for electronics kits that have explanations of how the circuits work. [more inside]
posted by drezdn at 1:14 PM PST - 9 comments

Need POS system to integrate with web store

I'm opening a retail store that will sell CDs, books, photographs and other music-related collectibles. We hope to open a web store concurrently and have found a web designer. I'm looking for advice about point-of-sale systems for our store, and in addition we are interested in linking the inventory in our retail store to our inventory for our web store. Our webstore is being developed using x-cart. Any recommened POS systems or vendors? Anyone set up a system like this recently?
posted by mfherman at 1:07 PM PST - 2 comments

Will I love L.A.?

I am going to be in Los Angeles from mid-day November 6 thru mid-day November 10th for a conference. Since I've never been there before, what should I make an effort to see in my spare time after 5pm? Also, should I rent a car or rely on public transportation (cabs)? [more inside]
posted by tadellin at 12:51 PM PST - 21 comments

Snap, Crackle, Pop

Our bedroom fan with light bulbs makes a quick snapping or popping noise when it's off. Normal? Bad? [more inside]
posted by LadyBonita at 12:47 PM PST - 14 comments

Time to flip your tape..

What is the name of the sound at the start of cassette tapes and where can I find one online?
posted by Old Man Wilson at 12:45 PM PST - 7 comments

How is your French biscuits knowledge?

I am looking for the name of some delicious French biscuits or, ahem, cookies which seem easily found in any French supermarket or corner store, but elusive on the internets.... [more inside]
posted by clarkie666 at 12:43 PM PST - 9 comments

In search of good religious discussion

Where can I find serious religious debate/discussion? I'm looking for a place to read and maybe discuss religious views (primarily Christian-based) that don't constantly delve into ranting and/or idiocy. [more inside]
posted by bluejayk at 12:43 PM PST - 21 comments

Help me fix my "limited connectivity" in Windows Vista RC2

EarlyAdopterFilter: After several happy months of running Windows Vista RC1, I've upgraded to RC2. Ever since that day, I've been intermittently getting a "Limited connectivity" error that requires my network adapter to be reset. I don't want to go back to XP or RC1, so I need to make this work. [more inside]
posted by superboy422 at 12:39 PM PST - 5 comments

Dodgeball gear in Boston, Help Please!

Dodgeballs in Boston! Harder to find than one might think! [more inside]
posted by Meemer at 12:31 PM PST - 7 comments

Multi-page PDF from multi-layered Illustrator CS2 file?

Is there a way, possibly via scripting, to export the top-level Layers of an Adobe Illustrator CS2 document as a multi-PAGE PDF? [more inside]
posted by robbie01 at 12:16 PM PST - 3 comments

Swede in New York

I need to provide a foreign student studying in Sweden with information about relocating to New York for a semester. [more inside]
posted by dshargel at 12:14 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me be more Edumacated.

How do I get more technical knowledge at my job? [more inside]
posted by sweetkid at 12:09 PM PST - 6 comments

Bust out the Thor helmet

I've decided to try picking up occassional babysitting gigs on nights and weekends. [more inside]
posted by SassHat at 11:50 AM PST - 13 comments

Bay Area handyman

Can anyone recommend a reliable, reasonably priced handyman in the Bay Area/East Bay? Need basic drywall repair and finishing, installation of a French Door, some painting, carpentry, etc. Nothing major.
posted by cubedweller at 11:31 AM PST - 2 comments

What costumes ideas involve a large wrench?

My friend recently received a large orange wrench is his "Bag of Crap" purchased from Woot.com. What impromptu Halloween costumes could stem from using this wrench as a prop-piece.... [more inside]
posted by rlef98 at 11:31 AM PST - 23 comments

Help! My Web Browsers Are Giving Up!

My web browsers (FF 2.0 and IE 7 on XP SP2) have stopped working (kinda). I have to click on links over and over again to get the browsers to respond. When they do finally go to the page, they usually load half of it and give up. This started while I was still on FF 1.5 but seems to have gotten worse. [more inside]
posted by adi at 11:12 AM PST - 7 comments

Firefox 2.0 for Del.icio.us Power Users

I am a del.icio.us power use, and I am trying to use the new Firefox 2.0 which integrates with del.icio.us. I'm having some trouble. First, all of the bookmarks I had stored locally that were in folders seem to have disappeared. Where did they go? Second, because I have soooo many bookmarks on del.icio.us, I have the "Bookmaek synching in progress" bar loading constantly, and it REALLY slows down my Firefox speed. Can anyone help me find my missing bookmarks? Does anyone have tips on how to use Firefox 2.0 with bookmarks without the molasses speed?
posted by abbyladybug at 11:04 AM PST - 10 comments

Flaxseed? Huh?

How do you consume flaxseed oil? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 10:56 AM PST - 38 comments

Identifying a 70s/80s animated Jack & The Beanstalk cartoon.

Help me identify this animated Jack & The Beanstalk film from the 70s/80s... [more inside]
posted by NationalKato at 10:54 AM PST - 2 comments

Help me id this song from the 20s!

Can you identify this song from the late 1920s? I'm trying to find the title of this song that was likely released in 1928 or thereabouts. All i have to go on is this short excerpt which I've put here.
posted by storybored at 10:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Please help me find non-opera classical Chinese and Japanese koto music.

Please help me find non-opera classical Chinese and Japanese koto music. [more inside]
posted by Vaska at 10:25 AM PST - 4 comments

How do I create an automation search test?

AutomationMeta- How do I create a simple automation to search webpages for offensive language (job). [more inside]
posted by redhotchips at 10:24 AM PST - 5 comments

To buy a great turkey

Hey MetaCooks, your opinion on heritage, pasture-raised or otherwise fancypants turkeys please? Complicating factors inside... [more inside]
posted by Sully6 at 10:20 AM PST - 20 comments

Outlook-->IE, Thunderbird-->Firefox?

How can I force Thunderbird to open links in Firefox when IE is set as my default browser? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff at 9:47 AM PST - 5 comments

Lets have your recipes for low-calorie protein shakes!

Lets have your recipes for low-calorie(*) protein shakes! [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 9:29 AM PST - 18 comments

Wi Fi access point problem

What does it mean that I must constantly re-boot my wi-fi access point in order to get an internet connection? My desktop is not on a wireless connection (it's wired directly from the router) and doesn't have this problem--only the laptops that are on wifi. In addiiton, I'll often have to reboot the laptops as well, even though I'm getting a "signal" but not internet connection. Do I need a new access point? Cable company (Time Warner) is of absolutely no help since it's not their equipment.
posted by quintno at 9:29 AM PST - 15 comments

How do I loop an AVI video?

What video player will allow me to loop a specific section of an AVI video? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 9:24 AM PST - 9 comments

GET+POST in same form?

Is it possible to set the action attribute of an HTML form, such that the method is POST, but the action includes GET variables? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:02 AM PST - 8 comments

Does this feature exist in Firefox 2?

Does this feature exist in Firefox 2? [more inside]
posted by missed at 8:41 AM PST - 14 comments

Children's book about a boy and his harmonica

Looking for a children's book about a boy who plays the harmonica... [more inside]
posted by amelliferae at 8:24 AM PST - 5 comments

Where Can I Find Sales Figures for Novels?

Where can I find sales figures for novels (new and/or classic)? I am aware of Bookscan and Publisher's Lunch, but those are very expensive.
posted by Gnostic Novelist at 6:45 AM PST - 9 comments

How to increase running . foot speed?

How does one increase foot speed? My 12 year old son inherited his lack of foot speed from me. He's thin, skinny and a little below average height. This is not a weight issue, he is just slow. (All of which is subject to change when puberty kicks in full gear) In the meantime, are there exercises or drills he could do to increase his speed? He plays baseball and he fences - being a bit quicker would be a benefit in both.
posted by COD at 6:09 AM PST - 32 comments

Organizing software in an enterprise

Any good tips on managing approved software applications within an enterprise? [more inside]
posted by daHIFI at 6:08 AM PST - 4 comments

Books to make me a better student

This summer I want to do some self-improvement in terms of writing skills (essays for university), study techniques, etc. Basically I want to maximise my abilities and develop the best possible studying routine. What books did you find helpful when you were an undergrad? Or what books do you wish you had read early on? [more inside]
posted by mjao at 5:55 AM PST - 8 comments

Trademarks: Can I google you on Yahoo?

Does trademark law really offer any basis for the practice of using legal threats to prevent a trademark from becoming common usage? This article in the Google Blog strongly suggests that trademark law prohibits me from using (in a non-commercial context like a post on MeFi) the verb "to google" to mean "to search on the Yahoo search engine." Is this so? [more inside]
posted by winston at 5:49 AM PST - 30 comments

Why is wealth skewed towards "colder" countries?

Why is wealth skewed towards "colder" countries? [more inside]
posted by jacobean at 4:53 AM PST - 38 comments


What's with "Who's your daddy?" [more inside]
posted by megatherium at 4:51 AM PST - 22 comments

Help me become a radio documentarian in the UK

What's the equivalent of Public Radio in the UK? I've become hooked on This American Life over the web, and I would like to get involved in something similar over here. Bit [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 4:15 AM PST - 5 comments

Help with CSS, please?

Posting on behalf of a friend: CSS Absolute / relative positioning problem. In designing a course website which has to validate as XHTML (Strict or Transitional), I've come up against a problem with an image. I want the image to remain in the right hand div but resize gracefully. My problem is that the trowel image either interferes with the header (is too high) but IS able to move with the page or doesn't interfere with anything but won't resize with the page! [more inside]
posted by dance at 2:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Gmail login problem - slow loading blank pages!

GMail login problem - It's taking forever to login and I usually just get a blank screen at "https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLoginAuth" [more inside]
posted by ciaron at 2:36 AM PST - 7 comments

Kitchen faucet and disposal just mutinied. Help!

My kitchen is systematically going on strike. Last week, my kitchen faucet stopped working. The sprayer thingee still works when the water is on. All other water appliances still work. Just no water from the kitchen sink. The next day, my roommate tells me that the garbage disposal isn't running. Everything else on that circuit is running fine. What to do? How do I fix this? Do I call an electrician, a plumber?
posted by donmayo at 1:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Persian versus Iranian

Why do Iranian people consider themselves as "Persians?" [more inside]
posted by apple at 1:33 AM PST - 35 comments

MySpace Band Layouts

I am really curious if there is any help out there in regards to creating band site (myspace) layouts such as the ones that are sold on www.bandspaces.com/samples.html. [more inside]
posted by cheero at 12:02 AM PST - 2 comments

October 25

Getting others to work for you.

How do you get people to do things you tell them to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:53 PM PST - 27 comments

Over under, in and out - is there more?

How do I properly tie my shoes without them quickly getting loose again? They're the flat laces (rounded ones are worse) and I keep double-knotting them, but after an hour or so of just sitting at work, they come loose. What am I doing wrong? It's especially bad with the ones I'm wearing.
posted by i8ny3x at 11:29 PM PST - 20 comments

6 Months to Invest... Starting NOW

The clock starts today. I just sold a house yesterday and ended up with a decent chunk of change. On next year's tax form, I'm going to have to pay taxes on the gains, but I have 6 months to make the tax money work for me... [more inside]
posted by LGCNo6 at 11:27 PM PST - 16 comments

Film Permits Yes or No?

How big a deal is it to shoot a documentary in LA and New York without permits? (overseas tv crew) [more inside]
posted by DOUBLE A SIDE at 11:03 PM PST - 14 comments

How to revive old Apple IIc floppy disks

Is there a way to retrieve the old files I have saved on 5.25" Apple IIc floppy disks? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 10:09 PM PST - 4 comments

My Twizzler has a hole i nit

Why do Twizzlers have holes in them? [more inside]
posted by BradNelson at 10:01 PM PST - 14 comments

Should I stay or should I go?

Help me evaluate the pro's and con's of my current employment situation. I'm contemplating leaving, but have never been a job-hopper, so I don't think I know the time to leave for a new job... [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 at 9:48 PM PST - 20 comments

Can a woman write a novel like a man?

Can a woman write a novel like a man? [more inside]
posted by gummo at 9:24 PM PST - 103 comments

How would one economically drive up traffic for a new web site?

How would one economically drive up traffic for a new web site? [more inside]
posted by titans13 at 8:33 PM PST - 13 comments

What is the best device for cellphone and easy text messaging

My wife and I need a pair of Blackberry-type devices (which also function as cell phones) for lots of text-messaging between ourselves throughout the day. We were thinking we wanted Blackberries, but when we went to the Cingular store tonight (we're locked into a Cingular contract until February 2008) the clerk made it sound as though a Windows Mobile device would be better. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by jayder at 8:16 PM PST - 17 comments

What do I do with a tshirt I won't wear?

What do I do with a tshirt that I love but don't want to wear? [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap at 8:07 PM PST - 27 comments

The thin TV line

Is my TV dead? [more inside]
posted by bluefrog at 7:16 PM PST - 16 comments

I need The Office, only for non native speakers

I teach English in Buenos Aires and one of my students has asked me if we can watch some TV that's 'set in an office' and 'is in British English' (I haven't watched a lot of TV for some time). I've looked at The Office (too hard for all but the very advanced non-native speakers) and The IT crowd (too weird for this chap). Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by itsjustanalias at 7:10 PM PST - 18 comments

Heavy Obesity Research

I am looking for good scholarly resources on the social influences on childhood and adult obesity. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 6:28 PM PST - 3 comments

What's an effective and practical personal safety device?

What's an effective and practical personal safety/self-defense device to carry when walking home alone at night in a shady neighborhood? [more inside]
posted by crack at 6:28 PM PST - 59 comments

make ubuntu bounce

[ubuntu filter] I have an old school tablet pc with no floppy drive, cd drive or usb support (due to a dud windows 98 installation). I'd like to move to ubuntu. I have a separate drive in a USB enclosure I'd like to use. How can I get everything I need for ubuntu on to the external drive, then move this drive into the tablet PC to complete the installation? I don't want to boot from USB or anything, I just want to physically replace the drive in the tablet. [more inside]
posted by kaydo at 6:22 PM PST - 7 comments

Good take-out/delivery in Chicago?

Good Chicago take-out/delivery (particularly near the west loop)? [more inside]
posted by raf at 5:59 PM PST - 10 comments

How to redirect RSS feeds to a new location?

I have a Moveable Type weblog. I would like to redirect the feeds. This probably involves using .htaccess and mod_rewrite. My mind has grown weary after two hours of trying to get this to work. Can anyone offer advice? [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 5:51 PM PST - 4 comments

Does this laptop seem cheap?

Why is this laptop so inexpensive? If I customize this one to have the same specs it's a lot more money, but as far as I can tell it's the exact same machine. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds at 5:37 PM PST - 17 comments

Questions about Missouri Amendment 2?

Missouri Amendment 2: Why an amendment? Why not a statute? (more questions inside) [more inside]
posted by MarvinTheCat at 5:30 PM PST - 5 comments

How to write Terms and Conditions for website?

How do I write Terms and Conditions for a website, without spending too much on a lawyer? [more inside]
posted by jesirose at 5:13 PM PST - 15 comments

"The Devil Wears Poorly Designed Research Databases"

What databases might I try to get to high-end fashion magazines, specifically, one of the European Vogues (e.g. French Vogue, Purple Magazine)? ProQuest only has American Vogue. Is it possible to buy any PDF format? [more inside]
posted by geoff. at 5:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Photography Project Theme Ideas?

Interesting ideas for a photography project? [more inside]
posted by blahtsk at 5:09 PM PST - 17 comments

What do we do now about an attorney misunderstanding?

LegalFilter: Need some direction in regards to a miscommunication which can affect a cases outcome... [more inside]
posted by Izzmeister at 4:58 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find a CTEK cable for an Oki 900?

Where can I find a CTEK cable for an Oki 900? [more inside]
posted by autojack at 4:54 PM PST - 6 comments

Name That Movie!

Name-That-Movie-Filter. I'm asking for my girlfriend because she can't think of the name for this movie she remembers and it's driving her nuts. Its not much to go by but what she does remember you will find inside. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 4:50 PM PST - 17 comments

Should I have a gold card?

My bank offers both a standard and a gold Visa card with the same 19% interest rate and no annual fee. The gold card's features are: [more inside]
posted by mendel at 4:38 PM PST - 11 comments

The Flâneur exposed

'The Flâneur': What fascinating titbits can you add to my knowledge about this concept? Art, history, philosophy and literary theory links all welcome. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious at 4:38 PM PST - 22 comments

Can I moblog my ballot?

Could I possibly get in trouble for snapping a picture of my ballot/voting screen with my phonecam? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones at 4:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Item a day stores

Single Item Online Stores. They are popping up everywhere, which ones do you like? [more inside]
posted by jonah at 4:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Quietly, quietly... poison?

(Writing/Hypothetical Filter) Are there any poisons that (could) mimic the symptoms/effects of cancer if administered to a person over time? [more inside]
posted by teststrip at 4:11 PM PST - 15 comments

Listen to Shannon broadcast of World Series?

Is there ANY way I can listen to Mike Shannon's telecast of the rest of the Cardinals' World Series games? As one blog commenter put it, listening to Miller and Morgan sucks away my intelligence.
posted by ontic at 3:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Do I owe child support if I don't even know who to pay?

AmericanFamilyLawFilter: If you haven't heard anything from social services, do you still owe child support? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:43 PM PST - 7 comments

Meg griffin's shirt

Where can I find a Meg Griffin (pink w/ white trim) tee shirt asap? [more inside]
posted by Betty_effn_White at 3:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Some kind of nail hanger

This: http://www.flickr.com/photos/63024118@N00/279377485/ is a nail hanger of some sort. What is it called and where can I buy some more?
posted by allelopath at 3:04 PM PST - 7 comments

"vintage" computer parts store?

I'm looking for a extremely old used PC component store in the Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by soda pop at 2:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Name of popular note-taking technique discussed here before

OK, I'm looking for the name of a modern technique popularly used to organize notes, tasks and projects. It's been discussed many times here and there are a couple of popular books that discuss the techniques. I believe it may be known by an acronym or initials. [more inside]
posted by lyam at 2:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Anybody have favorite internet-only author(s)?

Anybody have favorite internet-only author(s)? [more inside]
posted by Football Bat at 2:49 PM PST - 15 comments

My friend says on his resume that he has MY JOB!

Ethics and friendship: I lost touch with a fairly close friend about six or seven years ago; he'd gotten married, had a kid, moved, etc. We recently reconnected and have been hanging out. My girlfriend likes his wife, I like his kids, so all this is good. BUT...also about ten years ago, he and I happened to be competing for a pretty prestigious job at a major corporation - one people have heard of. I got the job, he didn't. There didn't seem to be any hard feelings; I gave him some (lucrative) freelance work, maybe a little out of guilt, but mostly because he was really good. He did great work, and continued to do so on freelance projects until I left the job a couple of years later... [more inside]
posted by soulbarn at 2:45 PM PST - 34 comments

Can you help me find this artists' work?

When I was a kid--reference point: I was born in 1980--there was a singer named "Paulo" (or at least that's what I remember him being called) and he sang songs about Alberta and its history. He had songs about the Frank Slide, the big fire in Calgary, how Alberta got it's name, stuff like that. From the eons old dubbed tape my parents had his album was aptly named "Alberta Songs"...does anyone recognize this guy? Can you tell me where--if it's possible--to purchase this album? I would love to have a real copy of it now.
posted by popsicletoes at 2:33 PM PST - 3 comments

Two Mac questions from a Windows user

Two Mac questions from a Windows user [more inside]
posted by Kwantsar at 2:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Windows iTunes accessing MP3s on Mac

(MacWinFilter) - How do I access a Mac OS/X Server share from Windows XP using AFP (iTunes)? [more inside]
posted by bkdelong at 1:47 PM PST - 7 comments

List vs Laundry List

When does a "list" become a "laundry list"? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow at 1:20 PM PST - 17 comments

Help me fix my library blog, please.

What's wrong with my blog? Using Blogger, everything appears normal and functioning within the Blogger "Dashboard", but the content has turned all wonky on me. Help! [more inside]
posted by booknerd at 1:18 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me get an old book online!

How can I scan a book that is precious to me? The book is a couple hundred pages and I just want to produce high-quality pdfs. [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 1:13 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for a good book recommendation website that isn't amazon.com

Has anyone come across a good website that accurately generates book recommendations, based on what you've read and enjoyed? [more inside]
posted by Sprout the Vulgarian at 1:13 PM PST - 10 comments

Resuming research work with an ex-professor?

How do I re-establish a research relationship with a professor I kinda-sorta worked with in college a few years ago? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:08 PM PST - 13 comments

What happened to A9's Yellow Pages feature?

What happened to A9's Yellow Pages feature? Are there any similar websites?
posted by none at 12:33 PM PST - 5 comments


Could someone please explain the meaning and (philosophical) significance of the German term Voraussetzungslosigkeit? No more inside, I'm afraid.
posted by Urban Hermit at 12:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Looking for examples of HR training programs

Looking for examples of simple HR-type training programs. For example, can anyone remember an online excercise that asked participants to quickly answer yes/no when faced with a series of photos or statements? The goal was to provide evidence of bias. [more inside]
posted by Badmichelle at 12:05 PM PST - 4 comments

My refrigerator is the plague beast.

There is an extra refrigerator in my apartment left over from the previous tenants. They neglected to clean it out; it has been unplugged for months. I opened it once and the stench - which rapidly spread throughout the apartment and lingered for several hours - was overpowering. I want to be able to use it: how should I go about cleaning it?
posted by davidriley at 11:08 AM PST - 26 comments

Shopping for Baby Back Ribs

What to look for in a rib? Baby-back, that is. Help me crush the competition... [more inside]
posted by jalexei at 10:54 AM PST - 12 comments

How should I mend this unraveling thing?

I used to be friends this girl... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:45 AM PST - 38 comments

Where can I find good resources for figuring out home-office tax deductions?

Where can I find good resources for figuring out home-office tax deductions? [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 10:41 AM PST - 5 comments

Ewwww, Gross!

Seeking creepy kids' camp songs for Halloween bonfire. [more inside]
posted by Miko at 10:41 AM PST - 16 comments

How to buy sushi in Colorado, when I'm not there?

If my sister and I didn't live halfway across the country from each other, I would take her out for sushi for her birthday. Since I can't be there, and she can't be here, I'd like to pay for her and her boyfriend to go out for dinner instead. What's a decent sushi place I could send them to in or near Fort Collins, CO, and how do I pay for it? [more inside]
posted by vytae at 10:35 AM PST - 14 comments

setting up a website/webserver from an apartment

What kind of internet provider and other stuff do I need to run a website out of my apartment? [more inside]
posted by mrkohrea at 10:20 AM PST - 14 comments

Online incorporation services

Using an online incorporation service: recommendations? [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 at 10:05 AM PST - 8 comments

Need group costume ideas for Halloween

Meta Halloween; Need Costume Ideas for four guys that would like to do a group costume, though there are some conditons to make this harder! [more inside]
posted by boyinmiami at 10:03 AM PST - 28 comments

Because the best comedy is tragedy

PsychExperimentFilter: Suggest some funny and sad death scenes from recent (last 15-20 years) films. Bonus points for equally funny and sad non-death scenes to use as control. [more inside]
posted by Smegoid at 9:55 AM PST - 47 comments

Help me make some delicious soups!

It's that time of year again...it's getting cold and I'm craving soup more and more. The only problem is I'm sick of canned soup and I'd rather make most of it homemade. Lay your best soup recipes on me, ingredients/prep the works! Any type of soup accepted! Hot, cold, lukewarm! Chicken, cream-based, potato leek, broth-based etc. I want to start a good collection of new recipes to try!
posted by PetiePal at 9:46 AM PST - 49 comments

In search of a good mellow yoga class/instructor in Seattle...

In search of a good mellow yoga class/instructor in Seattle... [more inside]
posted by icetaco at 9:46 AM PST - 3 comments

Speculation advertising.. where do I start?

How do I submit an advertising campaign/billboard idea to a company? Who do I approach? Is there a way of presenting my idea without their angency just running off with it? [more inside]
posted by upc_head at 9:46 AM PST - 6 comments

They're all going to laugh at you!

Fake pig's blood for my prom dress: anything out there that's realistic looking and not too sticky? [more inside]
posted by witchstone at 9:44 AM PST - 9 comments

Jaw on Jaw

I've been having incredibly unpleasant jaw pain for the past week. What can I do to make it stop? [more inside]
posted by defreckled at 8:30 AM PST - 10 comments

CNN Crawl and distraction

I'm trying to find a study I remember seeing that basically argued that the presence of more information on the screen at CNN (i.e., the 'crawl' or 'ticker') left people less likely to remember what was actually on the station during a given time (versus without)... does that ring anyone's bell? A reference would be amazing...
posted by jgballard at 8:28 AM PST - 2 comments

Crop in Illustrator like in Photoshop?

Is there an easy way to crop a rectangular portion of an Illustrator (CS, CS2) document? [more inside]
posted by pmbuko at 8:15 AM PST - 8 comments

Do I rat on a cheater?

Do I rat on a cheater? love triangle inside... [more inside]
posted by octomato at 8:08 AM PST - 37 comments

toddler zits?

In the past few months our 16 month old son has been getting little zits on his cheeks. They're only there for a few days, then poof, their gone. What the heck causes this, and is it normal?
posted by ducktape at 7:43 AM PST - 9 comments

Which diploma goes on top?

[My-copy-of-Emily-Post-is-in-the-shop-Filter:] I have two diplomas, a JD and a BA, and I want to hang them in my office, one above the other. Which one goes on top?
posted by Saucy Intruder at 7:28 AM PST - 17 comments

what should i do with my life?

what can bring meaning to my life? (long story inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:16 AM PST - 71 comments

Where to sleep in NYC?

I'm a college student, being flown up for a job interview in Manhattan this Friday. I asked the firm I'm interviewing with to schedule my return flight for Saturday morning instead of Friday night so that I can explore the city, but now I'm finding out how expensive lodging in the city is. [more inside]
posted by btkuhn at 7:12 AM PST - 14 comments

The free Hummer myth

Free Hummer/Escalade due to U.S. tax break -- is this for real, and if so, why isn't everyone flocking to get one?
posted by chef_boyardee at 6:50 AM PST - 14 comments

Playing the Mame Game

OK, I've got MAME installed, and a (pretty much) complete (15Gb) set of ROMs. I've played my old favorites... Galaxian, Galaga, Gauntlet, Sonic, Mario... but now I'm daunted by the thousands of games I have to choose from. So what should I play next? (assume if I don't have the ROM I can get it)
posted by unSane at 6:35 AM PST - 35 comments

'Free wireless internet' virus?

Someone in my work environment is providing an ad-hoc wireless network called 'Free wireless internet'. I can connect to this network using my (firewalled, unix) laptop, but don't get a functional internet connection when I do this. I see numerous similar networks (sometimes 'Free wifi') when using my laptop at airports. Is this the result of a virus? If so, which one?
posted by beniamino at 6:34 AM PST - 5 comments

Any scary stories creeping up on me?

What are your favourite, most scary, campfire-esque, "torch under the chin" type stories.... [more inside]
posted by MarvinJ at 6:27 AM PST - 9 comments

Does debtor's prison still exist?

An American friend of mine who is also an expat in France is going home to visit his family for Christmas this year. The problem is he is in default on his federal school loans. [more inside]
posted by hazyjane at 5:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Photo organizing software (PC) for my mom

Photo organizing software (PC) for my mom [more inside]
posted by einarorn at 5:26 AM PST - 14 comments

Long wait for license California plates?

How long does it take to get California license plates? [more inside]
posted by CoffeeCake at 5:24 AM PST - 9 comments

How can I stop my eye twitching??

How can I stop my eye twitching?? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 4:24 AM PST - 20 comments

Do we have free will?

What is the most convincing argument you have ever heard, read or devised for the existence of free will in humans? If you can't think of one, can you think of a test for proving its existence? [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 3:11 AM PST - 61 comments

Sidestepping the FICO blues

Short-term loan offerings: Which product keeps the FICO "ding" to an absolute minimum? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 2:37 AM PST - 7 comments

Advice for buying an old VW?

I'm looking for tips and/or advice on buying a used pre-loved 1960's Volkswagen Beetle. [more inside]
posted by cholly at 1:16 AM PST - 17 comments

October 24

This is not about AOL

What place/city/town/region is referred to as "The OL"?
posted by lpctstr; at 11:44 PM PST - 11 comments

nodding off while reading.

I've not been able to read books without falling asleep for about the past year, however I can read the same content on my computer just fine. I should note that I normally use my computer at a desk, whereas I don't read books at the desk (because there's not room for the book and the computer on the desk.). I've got to solve this problem, or else I can't study many of the things I'm interested in.
posted by tehgeekmeister at 11:03 PM PST - 11 comments

Wireless headphones similar to these?

Does anyone else make wireless headphones that are very similar to these ones from Radio Shack? [more inside]
posted by lemuria at 10:39 PM PST - 1 comment

Any wireless routers that are secure by default?

Are there any wireless routers on the market that have security enabled by default? [more inside]
posted by Brian James at 10:32 PM PST - 8 comments

How do I add features to my blog?

Blog help please! I use blogspot currently and am trying to add a "Album I'm currently listening to" feature. [more inside]
posted by bluehermit at 10:24 PM PST - 4 comments

What constitutes a museum-quality artist?

I think I am ready to begin the transition into trying to put my photography in galleries. My main question is what are the steps that artists go through to gain exposure for their work? I understand that in the case of great artists the work usually stands on its own but I also believe that it got there not on the material items merits but due the efforts of the artist to gain exposure for their work. [more inside]
posted by occidental at 10:03 PM PST - 2 comments

NYCFilter: Friday before 9:30

What should a 3 or 4 of college students do around 18th and 7th street in NYC before 9:50 PM, Friday? [more inside]
posted by bkudria at 9:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Hand writing and note-taking

I am an ESL teacher, and I have several types of classes; however, I have one problem, my handwriting looks as if I were a five year old scribbling with a crayon. So I am curious if anyone might have any suggestions on getting better at handwriting and printing for someone who doesn't have time to go to a course. Also, a second related question, are there any ideas for making conversation corrections? When my students are speaking, I write down various things that they are saying, and make various corrections, or simply offer alternatives, or local dialect. What are some of the most effective and useful ways to do this? If there are any people who have spent any time learning other languages, what ahs helped you most? Thank you all in advance.
posted by Knigel at 9:36 PM PST - 14 comments

MusicFilter: Looking for songs that are like Yo La Tengo's "Our Way to Fall" or Luna's "Bewitched"

MusicFilter: Looking for songs that are like Yo La Tengo's "Our Way to Fall" or Luna's "Bewitched" [more inside]
posted by ryecatcher at 9:24 PM PST - 17 comments

The effects of heavy cardio?

FitnessFilter: Heavy-duty cardio workout; is my heart going to explode? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 9:12 PM PST - 13 comments

Spyware-Infecto! Where to get good spyware these days?

Help me find some spyware. I am interviewing someone for a position in "residential IT support" and I want to infect a PC for them to fix. Where to get the warez? [more inside]
posted by disclaimer at 8:33 PM PST - 19 comments

australian yell

Is there a yell of exuberance or exhilaration to which Australians are partial? Something equivalent to "woowee" or "yahoo." Maybe "cooee"?
posted by tommassit at 8:06 PM PST - 26 comments

How do I record a video conference?

My brother and I have an idea for a comedy piece that plays out over a video conference. How can we record both sides of our conference so we can later edit it together into a final product? [more inside]
posted by TonyRobots at 7:52 PM PST - 4 comments

Recommend me some touchy-feely scifi!

Recommend some sappy science fiction/fantasy to me please! I've read and liked Anthony, Heinlein, Goodkind, Card, Stephenson, Martin, and Rowling, but what I'm really looking for is touchy-feely stuff. [more inside]
posted by onalark at 7:27 PM PST - 47 comments

Key West Fantasy Fest survival advice

A few friends and I are going to head down to Key West for Fantasy Fest this weekend (We don't have a room, it'll just be a day trip from Miami on Saturday). Anyone have experience, advice or tips for a few Fantasy Fest virgins? [more inside]
posted by jkl345 at 7:17 PM PST - 4 comments

unfortunately, the bananacoat never caught on in the same way...

LocalShopppingFilter. I'd really like to buy a peacoat style jacket and I'm wondering the best place to buy it from, internet or local. I'm in Vancouver, BC, Canada. [more inside]
posted by concreteforest at 7:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there such a thing as 'a little bit' bulimic?

My partner recently confided that she occasionally 'purges' part of her meals. What, if anything, can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:06 PM PST - 13 comments

Why is my stomach so bizarre?

My stomach/throat has, for as long as I can remember, made INCREDIBLY loud (and sometimes very bizarre and unnatural) noises--sometimes after I've eaten, but usually many many hours later. I used to associate it with hunger before realizing it seems to be completely unrelated. It's clearly just digestion, but people can hear it from across the room, and they think I do it on purpose because it's so strange. Is there any reason why some people's stomachs/digestive tracts would be so much louder than "the norm", and why they might make noises like these (screeching, shrieking, humming) in addition to more normal sound? I've never met anyone else who knew what I was talking about. It literally sounds and feels like there is a small person shrieking or humming "Om" deep in my throat! WTF?
posted by dmaterialized at 6:54 PM PST - 5 comments

why won't my recorded TV shows show up on my external monitor?

I have a laptop with flatscreen plugged into it, making for one large monitor encompassing the laptop and the external monitor. I've recently started recording some TV shows to watch at more convenient times. For some reason when I go to play the recording back, whether it be with windows media player or the InterVideo program that came with the USB tuner, I only get a picture on the laptop monitor. If I try and and move it over to the other (larger) external monitor i still get the sound playing fine, but the picture is just black. I can watch live TV on either monitor, it's only the video playback that has a problem. any thoughts?
posted by sorindome at 6:49 PM PST - 7 comments

Looking after Mum from a distance...

My aunt called me to say that my Mum is sending off money from the UK to scam artists in Canada. Plus she's left pans on the stove (alight) several times recently, and gone out. Plus she locks herself out incessantly... [more inside]
posted by blue_wardrobe at 6:21 PM PST - 8 comments

I (heart) Huitzilopochtli!

CostumeFilter: I need a beating human heart for my costume as an Aztec human sacrifice victim. Bonus points for other suggestions on how to make this costume awesome. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 6:14 PM PST - 19 comments

dark chocolate gift ideas

A special lady in my life has an insatiable lust for all things dark chocolate. What outrageous dark chocolate related present can I get for her? [more inside]
posted by null terminated at 5:27 PM PST - 30 comments

What can an old lady call her man?

If I'm his old lady, does that make him my old man? [more inside]
posted by christinetheslp at 5:24 PM PST - 52 comments

How to dress at a Mexican wedding?

Going to a nighttime wedding in Mexico -- what do we wear? [more inside]
posted by kmel at 5:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Cash Cab Tipper?

Do (can?) people tip Ben Bailey, the driver of the Cash Cab? [more inside]
posted by gregoryc at 5:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Moving C

I want to move my C: drive to a different location. On my XP machine I have 5 hard drives, all 20 Gigs with the exception of my C: drive which is 15 Gigs, hence the move. What's the most painless way to do this? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 5:06 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I keep my windows from condensation buildup?

How can I keep my car windows from being covered with condensation in the morning? [more inside]
posted by smithygreg at 5:00 PM PST - 11 comments

How to sell an upside-down car on poor credit?

My worst nightmares were realized when I found myself in exactly this situation last month. Negotiations with the dealer have failed and we are considering repossession, but we would like a second opinion. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 5:00 PM PST - 7 comments

Largest internal HD for a Macbook Pro

What's the largest internal hard drive available for a Mac Book Pro? I currently have a 120 ATA drive that came preinstalled when I bought the computer. Preferably, I'd like to be able to have two internal hard drives, swapping out my DVD drive...I know that the MCE OptiBay Hard Drive 160gb/5400rpm is available, but I'd like something bigger!
posted by bronxteacher at 4:38 PM PST - 8 comments

lend me your ear(phone)s

headphone choice for non symmetrical hearing: my father is mostly-deaf in one ear. He wears an in-ear hearing aid that works well. He would like to find the following... [more inside]
posted by luriete at 4:28 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I buy a Canon 20d?

Help! B&H Photo discontinued the Canon 20d (body only) right before I was going to buy it. [more inside]
posted by geeky at 4:28 PM PST - 12 comments

BrakeFilter: Do I really need to turn the rotors and replace the calipers?

BrakeFilter: Do I really need to turn the rotors and replace the calipers? [more inside]
posted by Andrew Brinton at 4:07 PM PST - 7 comments

Can you name these Christmas books?

I'm trying to find the titles of a couple of books I read as a child, and both happen to be set around Christmas. [more inside]
posted by srah at 4:05 PM PST - 6 comments

Best allergy medicine to take for allergy to dogs?

What is the best allergy medicine (prescription or over the counter) for allergies to dogs or cats? So many seem more geared towards allergies to mold, dust, hayfever, etc. [more inside]
posted by psususe at 4:00 PM PST - 20 comments

Please help me change/cancel my NWA reservation without paying service fees.

I bought a non-refundable plane ticket on Sunday night from Northwest Airlines. It's now Tuesday afternoon and I need to make a change to my reservation. I know I can easily do this by paying their $100 service fee, but I'm trying to avoid this. Any help is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by charlesroper at 3:47 PM PST - 9 comments

Cramming the kids in the car

What cars can fit three car seats in the back seat? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 3:09 PM PST - 12 comments

Help me pick a state in which to live.

Suppose your partner is given choice of (U.S.) states to move in order to continue working for their employer. Which state do you choose, and why? The (only) choices are: Texas, Illinois, Connecticut, Wisconsin, California, South Carolina, Nevada, Alabama, and North Carolina. [more inside]
posted by parilous at 3:07 PM PST - 38 comments

What would Ghandi say?

Does anyone have any experience of buying an indian domain name? [more inside]
posted by gergtreble at 3:07 PM PST - 4 comments

I cut off ties with my family several years ago and now they're in town and want to see me.

I cut off ties with my family several years ago and now they're in town and want to see me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:55 PM PST - 30 comments

De-Pom My Glasses

How do I remove the branding from my Pom Tea glasses? [more inside]
posted by padraigin at 2:44 PM PST - 8 comments

Recommend a good HD-based hi-fi separate

Audio separates. Looking for standalone hard-disk based mp3 player. [more inside]
posted by saintsguy at 2:42 PM PST - 10 comments

Computer Keyboard --> MIDI Controller?

Computer keyboard (ps2) as simple midi controller? [more inside]
posted by Squid Voltaire at 2:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Spell-checking 100's of html and rhtml docs?

Spell-checking 100's of html / rhtml docs? [more inside]
posted by masymas at 2:11 PM PST - 3 comments

Best places to find hoodies in NYC?

Where can I find the awesomest hoodies in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Mikey-San at 1:59 PM PST - 11 comments

swoosh! swoosh! snow in europe

Ski/Snowboard group trip in Europe - too many options, don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 1:51 PM PST - 5 comments

Drive-away special: $1999

Can you help me come up with a jokey slogan for a notional used car dealership? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu at 1:46 PM PST - 14 comments

Is poison ivy still poisonous in winter?

Is poison ivy less poisonous when it dies for the winter? I'm rather allergic and have gotten rashy several times over the spring and summer, either from preparing the garden or the dogs running through the ground cover and then rubbing up against me. I know where the ivy is, but need to know how to get it out of there without killing the desirable ground cover that it is growing in. [more inside]
posted by Roger Dodger at 1:25 PM PST - 15 comments

Publicity Help For a New Holiday

How do I get absurd amount of ethical, reasonably cheap publicity for a new holiday (and by extension) the website that publicizes said holiday? Does anyone have any creative ideas? Internet based is a plus. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 1:10 PM PST - 20 comments

Excel cells as input AND output?

Excel wizards: is it possible to create a temperature conversion calculator (Celsius, Fahrenheit, and Kelvin) using only 3 cells for the interface? I have the conversions and know how to do conditional formulas, but what tricks would be involved in having each cell handle both output and potential input?
posted by Tubes at 1:05 PM PST - 15 comments

Yet another CostumeFilter

I am planning on dressing up this halloween as an election judge. What kinds of props would you expect to see in an election judge costume ?
posted by lester's sock puppet at 12:58 PM PST - 16 comments

How do I creatively display a set of trading cards?

I've had a complete set of Sin City trading cards gathering dust for years. What can I do with them? [more inside]
posted by crickets at 12:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Portrait of the editrix as a young woman

I'd like to have a nice formal picture of me for inclusion in my Christmas cards. Can anyone recommend a good Toronto-area photographer? "Good" in this instance means both "technically skilled if not possessed of wizard-like abilities" and "charges reasonable prices" as I am a) vain, b) plain, and c) cheap. Email me with contact info if you don't care to share the person's identity with the world. Thanks!
posted by orange swan at 12:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Help me make the perfect cup of coffee.

Help me make the perfect cup of coffee. [more inside]
posted by jourman2 at 12:27 PM PST - 65 comments

it's a half past four and I'ma shiftin' gears...

The wife and I are considering the purchase of a 2001 Jeep Cherokee and we have two very specific questions relating to a.) the transmission, and b.) the stereo. Hop on in... [more inside]
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 12:10 PM PST - 11 comments

Fleas. Cheap.

Englishtown (NJ) Fleamarket: How much smaller is it likely to be this weekend than at the peak of summer? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 11:42 AM PST - 1 comment


I'm looking for a goofy, full-costumed T-Rex outfit for Halloween. Something like in this Chapelle's Show clip (2:00 mark). Hopefully someone with better google skills or knowledge of specific outlets in the SF Bay Area.
posted by Mach3avelli at 11:36 AM PST - 1 comment

Living in Red Hook?

Does anyone live in Red Hook, Brooklyn? [more inside]
posted by cal71 at 11:35 AM PST - 8 comments

"Been climbing trees / I skinned my knee".

Name that song: "Been climbing trees / I skinned my knee". [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 11:34 AM PST - 6 comments

.org-Filter: What's a good free financial management platform for a non-profit startup?

Seeking open-source (free) financial management software for a not-for-profit start up. Has anyone used something they were pleased with? [more inside]
posted by wmeredith at 11:33 AM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find a coat that makes me look curvy?

Where can I buy a cinched waist, 50's looking lady's winter coat? [more inside]
posted by juliarothbort at 11:25 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I build my own Muppet?

How can I build my own Muppet? Are there any guides, tutorials or other online resources that can detail crafting my own Muppet style puppet?
posted by Hanover Phist at 11:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Transmission not downloading

Why won't Transmission work any more? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 11:02 AM PST - 16 comments

A years-old Hotmail problem

Back when it was free for Hotmail to check your POP mail for you (Google says 2002, wow), I set it up to check my ISP email account. Not so long after, the option went paid-for -- meaning that I could no longer turn it off. [more inside]
posted by reklaw at 10:53 AM PST - 29 comments

Wake up and smell the dogshit!

Every morning, there is a puddle of pee and one or more piles of poop on my kitchen floor. I think it's the dog. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by Methylviolet at 10:44 AM PST - 23 comments

Williamsburg VA

The partner and I are going to Williamsburg, VA this weekend (Oct 26-30). What is so amazing (particularly delicious) that if we miss it, we will weep over the omission.
posted by Classic Diner at 10:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Can I register a domain name that isn't me?

What kind of problems would I encounter for registering [myname].com where [myname] isn't actually mine? [more inside]
posted by AlisonM at 10:38 AM PST - 12 comments

Columbia TN things to do

I will be in the Columbia/Hohenwald, TN area this weekend and am looking for some things to do. I have been told there are lots of historical sites around and lots of plantations. The problem is that I can't seem to find much online. Does anyone know of some good things to do and see? Good restaurants would be a plus!
posted by username68 at 10:38 AM PST - 5 comments

Please help me avoid making any more mistakes.

I feel like I've made a bad move career-wise. Please help me avoid making any more mistakes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:16 AM PST - 20 comments

Haircut in Chicago

Are there any places in Chicago that specializes in cutting Asian hair but where the stylists are maybe a little younger and actually speak english well?
posted by anonymous at 10:02 AM PST - 1 comment

How do I not lose my apartment?

Last Thursday, my roommate told me he is moving out at the end of the month. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 9:57 AM PST - 10 comments

Why are my toes so cold (only some of the time)?

How do my toes know how cold it is--outside? [more inside]
posted by kimota at 9:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me switch.

Which Firefox extensions should I install? [more inside]
posted by myeviltwin at 9:28 AM PST - 43 comments

The "steam" cloud

Science question. Why is it that when you kill the heat to a pot of boiling water, it suddenly emits lots of condensation clouds? Shouldn't it be making those "steam" clouds while it boils?
posted by zek at 9:18 AM PST - 3 comments

Sneakers with support

Footfilter: Stylish sneakers with good support? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 9:14 AM PST - 14 comments

What should I be when I "grow up"?

Based on my job skills, what should I go back to school and study, in order to have one of those "career" thingys? [more inside]
posted by weirdoactor at 8:45 AM PST - 8 comments

Is this legal?

I recently recieved a bill from my local utilities company stating that they had accidentily undercharged me for the last year. Now they want me to pay 438.53. Here's the letter, is there a way out of this? [more inside]
posted by Telf at 8:35 AM PST - 22 comments

Split large amount of data into CDs

What is the best way to split large amount of files on a DVD-R into CD-Rs. [more inside]
posted by rabbitsnake at 8:31 AM PST - 5 comments

Help my homemade cheese.

I'm looking for tips to add some excitement and variety to this homemade cheese. [more inside]
posted by pithy comment at 8:31 AM PST - 9 comments

What's preferable to dirt?

What should I plant in the world's tiniest garden? [more inside]
posted by catesbie at 8:23 AM PST - 15 comments

Changing the font of text copied to clipboard from web browser

When I copy text from my web browser and paste it into Word, I get an awful awful awful Lucinda font. It's too big and i hate it all over. But how do I change it?
posted by lockse at 8:22 AM PST - 14 comments

Where did these beads come from?

This past weekend, the family and I went to Chesapeake Beach (Brownie Beach) in southern Maryland. As we were looking for sharks teeth and other fossils, a woman next to us was telling us about the glass beads she was finding. These apparently were from a shipwreck from the late 1700's and were "trade goods" from England. I want to know more about them. obviously.. [more inside]
posted by ShawnString at 8:19 AM PST - 5 comments

I need a custimized webform.

Need to create a webform with responses and .jpg attachments that go stright to email. The key word here is easy. [more inside]
posted by ThFullEffect at 8:07 AM PST - 3 comments

Where's the Source?

I am a Linux newbie. I just installed Fedora Core 5 and I'm looking for the source. [more inside]
posted by iconjack at 7:54 AM PST - 7 comments

Travel and money in the UK

I'm traveling to the UK over Thanksgiving on vacation and am curious about how to get around and money issues. [more inside]
posted by jmd82 at 7:51 AM PST - 24 comments

Thinkpad battery won't charge fully

Why won't my Thinkpad battery charge fully when it's plugged into the wall? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 7:29 AM PST - 10 comments

Stuck in the Middle With This Gorram Song

Name-a-songFilter - what's playing in the Stranger than Fiction trailer? [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 7:15 AM PST - 5 comments

What movie director is Bob Odenkirk imitating?

What Hollywood director is Bob Odenkirk imitating in this skit? [more inside]
posted by KevinSkomsvold at 7:08 AM PST - 5 comments

AAAA! I'm in garage door torsion spring hell! AAAAA!

Please help save me from garage door torsion spring hell! [more inside]
posted by bradn at 7:01 AM PST - 9 comments

I want to marry your daughter

After great advice on the green I am getting close to asking Rachel to marry me! I have met her parents and we get along extremely well. The problem is that I would like to ask her father for his blessing but he is 2000 miles from me and I most likely will not see him for a while. What is the classiest way to ask for his daughter's hand in marriage without doing it face-to-face?
posted by jasondigitized at 6:58 AM PST - 46 comments

Are there good vector graphic libraries for Macromedia Flash ?

Where can I find a good vector graphic library for Flash ? [more inside]
posted by vincentm at 6:53 AM PST - 2 comments

October 23

Identify this song

Can you help me identify the music from this video? ("The Inner Life of the Cell")
posted by Krrrlson at 10:00 PM PST - 4 comments

Running Out of Patience

Please help me with my Airport Express network! There is lots and lots [more inside]
posted by folara at 9:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Acceptable age gap in dating

What age gap is "acceptable" in dating? [more inside]
posted by illek at 9:13 PM PST - 54 comments

PC Parts Filter: Help me build a very fast, very cheap Linux PC

What's the best combination of motherboard, cpu, hard drive, and accessories to build a very fast PC? I'd like to pay $350 US or less for the total cost. [more inside]
posted by dudeman at 9:02 PM PST - 13 comments

Bring me the head of. . .Hello Kitty?

What would the easiest way to make a huge Hello Kitty head for my Halloween costume? [more inside]
posted by lannanh at 8:51 PM PST - 13 comments

My Printer Keeps Shooting Blanks

Mac OSX Officejet Printing Problem Filter: Whenever I print from my browser (and sometimes other programs) my printer ends up just spitting out blank sheets with an occasional single line or two of text. I'm mystified ... what gives? [more inside]
posted by General Zubon at 8:29 PM PST - 8 comments

What should be in my medicine chest?

For household first aid, should I use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide or witch hazel? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten at 7:57 PM PST - 23 comments

An idle question about Greek....

(Language filter, idle question): does the name for the Greek goddess "Eos" also mean "dawn"? More to the point, does it have a plural formation.... [more inside]
posted by robabroad at 7:50 PM PST - 12 comments

Music fo all ages

Help create a playlist for background music for my firm's staff holiday lunch meeting. [more inside]
posted by lola at 7:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find the best "hipster" costume for halloween.

I'm going as a "hipster" this Halloween. This seems normal to some people on here, but I'm typical a very very preppy guy. I'm not looking for what's "in" as hipster today, but what is more stereotypical.. and sometimes my mind goes blank since none of my friends dress this way. I'm not making fun of anyone, but really just going totally against my typical style. This is what I know I need so far: [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 6:58 PM PST - 48 comments

Halloween party at the Frying Pan?

Does anyone know if the Frying Pan is having its annual Halloween party this year? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue at 6:57 PM PST - 4 comments

What's up with the acceleration!?

What's going on with my girlfriend's car? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 6:55 PM PST - 16 comments

USB upgrade?

Need advice about upgrading the USB ports on my computer. [more inside]
posted by I Am Not a Lobster at 6:51 PM PST - 8 comments

You can't schmooze with the best until you know who the best are.

Biomedical engineering grad school questions: Where are the top biomedical engineering graduate programs, especially in biomechanics? And, perhaps more importantly, where is the groundbreaking work being done? Who are the "big fish" in the field? [more inside]
posted by wondercow at 6:35 PM PST - 11 comments

Have any CYA advice on evaluating my supervisor?

I've been asked to provide a performance evaluation on my boss, by his boss. Am I going to get screwed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:18 PM PST - 22 comments

Best book series for children and young adults?

Book series for children and young adults? Recommendations welcome. There is [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:17 PM PST - 49 comments

Our son came out to us today. Now what?

My 20 year old son came out to my wife and I this morning. I want to support him and understand his lifestyle and decisions better. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 PM PST - 41 comments

Epilepsy, health insurance, employment, and a stupid little town

This question is for people with epilepsy or other lifelong conditions or spouses/boy/girlfriends of them, and is related to medical insurance and employment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 PM PST - 8 comments

Looking for a printer with a low cost per printout.

Looking for a printer with a low cost per printout. [more inside]
posted by Riemann at 5:57 PM PST - 6 comments

How do I get rid of the menu bar in Mozilla Firefox?

Help me streamline my Mozilla Firefox interface by hiding the menu bar in a small toolbar button. [more inside]
posted by Goblindegook at 5:24 PM PST - 4 comments

Joy in housework?

How do I find joy in housework? [more inside]
posted by treepour at 5:23 PM PST - 41 comments

Where's the best place to skinnydip in Oahu?

Where's the best place to skinnydip in Oahu? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 5:22 PM PST - 4 comments

Why is my mail coming from Sweden?

Who do my investment statements appear to come from Sweden? [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 5:02 PM PST - 2 comments

Blogspot Barf?

A friend asked me to create a Wordpress-powered site on her newly-acquired domain, and wanted me to import all of her Blogger entries that are hosted on Blogspot. No problem! Except... [more inside]
posted by davidmsc at 4:59 PM PST - 4 comments

Strange Spanish Coca-Cola Song

Catchy Spanish (?) song/rap; first line sounds like "mbooley Coca-Cola somprey suno jinsee hola." Could somebody please identify the song or at least write out the lyrics? (MP3 clip included) [more inside]
posted by archagon at 4:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Help me! Something feels wrong with my brain!

I don't think correctly. [more inside]
posted by herbiehancock00 at 4:39 PM PST - 27 comments

rotation shmotation

Vector Geometry Filter: I'm working in matlab and need to transform a surface to match an arbitrary angle. I have the unit vector of the new normal (and the original normal is in the Z axis (0 0 1))...however i'm not sure how to rotate one normal to another (i know, i know, it sounds very simple really...) [more inside]
posted by NGnerd at 4:37 PM PST - 5 comments

What utilities do I need to call before a move-in?

Moving into a new place, for the first time...what do I need to do before I move in? Water, power, sewage??? [more inside]
posted by TheDude at 4:13 PM PST - 9 comments

where to stay?

I'm going on vacation to Japan for the first time next month. Can anyone recommend a nice hotel? [more inside]
posted by minimal at 4:13 PM PST - 14 comments

Networking for misanthropes

How does a solitary, introverted type (learn how to) network? [more inside]
posted by dilettante at 3:47 PM PST - 12 comments

.mac sync

one mac w/ multiple .mac accounts? [more inside]
posted by subpixel at 3:25 PM PST - 1 comment

Summertime - but is interpretation as easy?

I've always loved the song 'Summertime' from the musical Porgy & Bess. I think that part of that appeal is because it has always been open to a wide variety of musical interpretation. I've been trying my hardest for years to find other songs that match that level of artistic license but still maintain it's original beauty. Anyone have any other suggestions of similar songs that I can get my lugholes listening to? [more inside]
posted by floanna at 3:15 PM PST - 32 comments

What's the deal with this demon?

Demon filter: Tell me everything you know about the demon in the Kabbalah known as “Namaah” (or “Naamah”) who was supposedly Adam’s second wife. (Spoilers for the book "Come Closer" by Sarah Gran inside.) [more inside]
posted by np312 at 2:47 PM PST - 8 comments

How to dig for good records

How do you find new (not necessarily contemporary) and obscure music? What strategies do you use? By label, era, musician, etc...? [more inside]
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb at 2:44 PM PST - 33 comments

Help me become Dr. House for one night.

Help me become Dr. House for one night. [more inside]
posted by Pontius Pilate at 2:20 PM PST - 25 comments

What digital recorder should I buy?

What digital recorder should I buy? [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey at 2:18 PM PST - 13 comments

Nun in a baseball cap instead of a habit?

I have a very strong image in my head of a nun who, instead of the traditional habit, is wearing a baseball cap of sorts. Where did I see this? [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 2:00 PM PST - 8 comments

Where do people share guitar licks/riffs/etc?

I just bought a Telecaster but I don't know any country licks! [more inside]
posted by mragreeable at 1:48 PM PST - 7 comments

How to getting motivated for my required humanities class?

How can I do well in my required college humanities class, despite serious motivational challenges? [more inside]
posted by lunchbox at 1:24 PM PST - 25 comments

Theater of Dreams

Is there a term for this particular philosophical phenomenon? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis at 12:55 PM PST - 29 comments

Can I fly with a nickname on Ryanair?

Flying Ryanair on a ticket that doesn't match my name exactly (but is really, really close). Am I boned? [more inside]
posted by cosmonaught at 12:55 PM PST - 15 comments

Freeware/Shareware PSP video converter?

Does anyone know of a freeware/shareware video codec for converting video for use on my PSP? [more inside]
posted by jimmyhutch at 12:08 PM PST - 5 comments

I don't want any trouble, just some money please!

All we need now to win 5 million dollars is Short Line Railroad. [more inside]
posted by tdreyer1 at 11:59 AM PST - 25 comments

EXTREMEly suspicious drinking story

Did Dave Eggers write a [fabricated] feature story on extreme mountain climbing under a pseudonym for Details magazine 7-8 years ago? [more inside]
posted by junkbox at 11:56 AM PST - 6 comments

Jagshemash! (In Kazakhstan, the male lip hair shows virility and ability for sex crime.)

I need a good fake moustache. [more inside]
posted by kuperman at 11:55 AM PST - 5 comments

A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and... me

How do I eat out alone? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 10:58 AM PST - 66 comments

Where can we buy zombie supplies in DC?

Gay Zombies in DC? [more inside]
posted by tonylord at 10:53 AM PST - 10 comments

Is there a way to search for otherwise-unsearchable text elements on a webpage?

Is there a firefox plugin that will allow me to search ALL text on a webpage including dropdown menus and otherwise unsearchable fields? [more inside]
posted by hypocritical ross at 10:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Why does this happen sometimes

Lately I have been having problems at various internet sites (even Hotmail) - when I visit a site sometimes the page opens up and there is nothing but gibberish...like this - it fills the entire page "542 ‹ì=kWÛÈ’ŸÃ9ûújvÀœ1~ŒÁ$à8‰µÉι?ÅÚbPÛžë¦i9Urçº!KJ¡Á¢Â0NžtÛš8 ESµVª" - Why is this happening - is it a hardware or software problem? Sometimes I can bring the site page back to normal by hitting the refresh button but other times I just keep getting the above nonsense even after hitting refrsh several times. Thanks in advance in the event that anyone provides an answer.
posted by DonM at 10:32 AM PST - 6 comments

Help me find shoes for my big, wide, male feet in London.

How does a male with boat-sized (46WW) feet get them decently shod in London without going broke or the custom-made route? [more inside]
posted by derMax at 10:08 AM PST - 5 comments

There's no emoticon for what I'm feeling!

Is it a sex question? Is it a relationship question? Is it a psychology question? Who knows! [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 AM PST - 28 comments

What are your strengths...blah blah.

What are some great job interview questions? [more inside]
posted by mds35 at 8:50 AM PST - 35 comments

How do I say hello to a King?

I've been invited to a state dinner and am just starting to freak out about it. How do I keep myself from looking like an idiot? [more inside]
posted by KathyK at 8:34 AM PST - 16 comments

Appealing independent student status from FAFSA?

FAFSA help urgently needed. Filing for independent student status. [more inside]
posted by empath at 8:03 AM PST - 19 comments

Do car seats and side impact bags play well together?

Do the side impact air bags need to be deactivated in order to use a child's car seat safely in the back seat? [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 7:54 AM PST - 3 comments

Oops, that's not quite what I meant...

Wordfilter: looking for a word or phrase that describes social paradoxical effects, where the action results in the opposite of its intention. [more inside]
posted by dragonsi55 at 7:51 AM PST - 10 comments

Peacenik gift for future soldiers

Help me to find a good going away gift for my cousin who's joining the army. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne at 7:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Help Tom catch Jerry

How do I turn this into a brutal, relentless mouse killing machine? [more inside]
posted by milarepa at 7:34 AM PST - 26 comments

LED replacement for bike light bulb

Replacing a halogen bike light bulb with LED [more inside]
posted by primer_dimer at 7:30 AM PST - 8 comments

Winter Baja California Norte vacation ideas

What is there to do in Baja California Norte in early January and where is a good place to go? More inside. [more inside]
posted by bryak at 7:20 AM PST - 3 comments

Irish Gift for Japanese Wedding

I need an Irish gift (or alternative) for a Japanese wedding, next Saturday. Must be able to arrange in time. Help, there's more inside...... [more inside]
posted by Wilder at 7:13 AM PST - 6 comments

Like something out of Scooby Doo...

Help me find a detailed spooky graveyard silhouette! [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo at 7:11 AM PST - 1 comment

Free Money

Bank errors in my favour? [more inside]
posted by brautigan at 7:10 AM PST - 21 comments

"goosey night" vs. "mischief night"

My fiance and I have an on going debate regaring the name of the night before holloween. Growing up in a new jersey city we called it mischief night, but the 'burbs she grew up in watered it down to goosey night. I know some places call it devil's night, etc... What names is it called elsewhere. What name brings the sweet memories of getting egged and flower sacked to you folks?
posted by jeffe at 7:04 AM PST - 38 comments

Why can't I rip mp3s?

For some reason, when I try to rip/import anything off a CD, all the audio on my laptop slows down to a choppy crawl. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 at 6:35 AM PST - 6 comments

Gel, GU or?

What sort of fuel should I use for long-distance cycling events? Yes, there is [more inside]
posted by fixedgear at 6:28 AM PST - 22 comments

Mater of our own domain names?

Becoming your own domain registrar? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz at 6:03 AM PST - 9 comments

sorry about this

what is a (left-to-right) mirror image of the standard logarithmic graph called? [more inside]
posted by hayeled at 5:43 AM PST - 16 comments

Who ranked the ranks, and why?

In the US army, majors outrank lieutenants, but lieutenant generals outrank major generals. How did this happen?
posted by IndigoJones at 5:41 AM PST - 5 comments

How does one move cross-country?

How does one move cross-country? [more inside]
posted by hazelshade at 5:21 AM PST - 15 comments

When good mentors go bad.

My mentor makes unhelpful negative comments when I ask questions, and gets snippy when I don't do as she suggests. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by cornflake at 5:00 AM PST - 18 comments

Mefite in Lancashire, UK has a few questions...

Mefite in Lancashire, UK has a few questions... [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 3:36 AM PST - 12 comments

No, I don't want to send a copy to Arnie, I just want to read it again

Help me find this ANCIENT, early-internet Conan The Barbarian fanfic/spoof story! My google fu has failed me! [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 3:26 AM PST - 5 comments

Messed up Windows "open folder" behaviour

I've messed up Windows "open folder" behaviour. Help! [more inside]
posted by bering at 2:46 AM PST - 4 comments

Citation of Video Games?

How do I cite video/computer games in a research paper? I have the in-text citation done; I just need to know how to do it in the works cited page. I'm using chicago style for the paper, but if you can tell me how to do it in any style, I can convert it.
posted by fvox13 at 2:18 AM PST - 3 comments

The sailor's life

What's it like to live on a Navy ship? Firsthand knowledge preferred. [more inside]
posted by concrete at 1:51 AM PST - 11 comments

I'd like a club lemon and a non-smoking seat away from the speakers please.

Is there any kind of dating scene (in Australia, or out of interest similar cultures such as the UK, US, Canada...) that doesn't revolve around alcohol? [more inside]
posted by krisjohn at 1:35 AM PST - 17 comments

How much should I charge for the use of one of my photographs in a tv documentary?

How much should I charge for the use of one of my photographs in a tv documentary? The picture in question features a specific person who I photographed in a public setting. [more inside]
posted by Fricka at 12:52 AM PST - 2 comments

October 22

How to get subtitles to format correctly from my DVD player?

My friend gave me a home-burned DVD of DIVX content that comes with SRT subtitles. My DVD player plays the media fine, except it seems to display the subtitles too large -- they line-break in odd places and then the second line of text doesn't appear on screen at all. But if I watch the files on my computer in VLC, everything is fine. [more inside]
posted by xo at 11:41 PM PST - 5 comments

Just Passing Through

Posting for a friend: How can a Canadian get a job in a North Carolina middle school while his partner attends graduate school? [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity at 10:57 PM PST - 5 comments

Printer so sloooow!

Why is my printer spooling so slowly? Recently ( I dont know how recently) I've noticed that instead of printing page after page, there is a pause of a few seconds between each page of the pdf's i'm printing off. it takes forever, and i'd like to fix it. help! [more inside]
posted by gilsonal at 10:50 PM PST - 9 comments

Which type of apple turns brown the fastest?

Calling all cooks: Which type of apple turns brown the fastest when sliced? [more inside]
posted by easternblot at 10:00 PM PST - 15 comments

Halloween Idea Websites

Halloween websites with tons and tons of pictures of homemade costumes? Google was not good to me... [more inside]
posted by matimer at 9:55 PM PST - 4 comments

Bad for Kotex, sure, but for me?

MenstrualCycleFilter: My recent periods have been freakishly short. Should I be concerned, or just excited about all the money I stand to save on tampons? [more inside]
posted by chickletworks at 9:26 PM PST - 13 comments

Culturally Clueless!

What's a culturally appropriate gift to give my fiancee's Iranian parents? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 PM PST - 8 comments

Tips for woman on top position?

Tips for woman on top position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:26 PM PST - 21 comments

Does Grenadine Expire?

Does Grenadine syrup expire? [more inside]
posted by Joh at 8:51 PM PST - 12 comments

Will you please shut up so I can say something?

Frequently family members and friends on the phone speak in long, run on sentences without a natural pause. This gives me little chance to jump in and comment. So conversations are often one way. I know it probably stems from my wonderful listening skills and saying "yep," "uh-huh," and "hrm" all the time. But sometimes I would like to interject a thought or two into the conversation. I don't have this problem in meat space because facial expressions or gestures clue them in that I have something to say. So is there a good way that will get someone to pause over the phone?
posted by the giant pill at 8:29 PM PST - 18 comments

VA funeral charges

My father-in-law who's a Korean War vet has full VA benefits. Still is there anything I need to look out for so as not to get shafted by funeral/cremation companies? [more inside]
posted by rolypolyman at 7:48 PM PST - 11 comments

Was I hacked?

I was in a public location last weekend with a wi-fi enabled laptop (windows xp). Someone, with another laptop, was broadcasting a session id with the name "Free Wireless Internet." Without really thinking about what I was doing, I connected to this machine for a duration of approx 5 minutes thinking that I would get free internet. There was in fact no internet access. The next time I checked my computer for certain files, I noticed that a bunch of data was missing. Is it possible to do wi-fi computer to computer hacks? In just 5 minutes? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:08 PM PST - 29 comments

Advice wanted about starting a business making kid's cakes for cash.

My wife is thinking about starting a cake making business for kid's cakes. She is planning on buying a bunch of molds (like a ducky mold) and then putting the animal on a sheet cake. [more inside]
posted by rdurbin at 6:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Long term side effects of using Pepcid AC to combat the Asian Flush?

Long term side effects of using Pepcid AC to combat the Asian Flush? [more inside]
posted by MaverickX at 6:36 PM PST - 4 comments

International Baby Colours?

What colours do other cultures use for babies? Here we have baby blue & pink. Do other cultures also have colours that are used for newborns, or is that specific to Western culture?
posted by Salmonberry at 6:27 PM PST - 9 comments

Annoying, dealbreaker-level things women do in relationships

RelationshipFilter, for a female friend who's writing about this sort of thing: What annoying things do women do in relationships? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty at 5:16 PM PST - 100 comments

Can I safely use a powerstrip with a voltage converter in Spain?

Can I safely use a powerstrip with a voltage converter to charge multiple electronic doohickeys in Spain? [more inside]
posted by stet at 4:49 PM PST - 8 comments

How much should brake service for a '91 Ford Explorer cost?

How much should brake service for a '91 Ford Explorer cost? [more inside]
posted by mphuie at 4:18 PM PST - 9 comments


HalloweenFilter: Where in Vancouver can I find a cheap derby hat like this. -OR- how can I make one myself? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul at 4:10 PM PST - 6 comments

Can a horse do a horsepower?

Is it true that a horse is not capable of doing a horsepower worth of work? (And since horses are supposed to have such a high power to weight ratio are there any other animals that can do so?) [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 3:49 PM PST - 8 comments

Relocated tooth

After having an impacted wisdom tooth removed over three weeks ago the adjacent molar seems to have relocated because it feels like it's more elevated now and I can no longer bite down completely (there's also some sensitivity). [more inside]
posted by zinegurl at 3:35 PM PST - 5 comments

Who said that?

My wife remembers reading a story about some famous person (Churchill, Franklin, ?) who, when interviewing a potential employee, took them to dinner. If the prospect salted his food before tasting it, he didn't get the job - presuming that they would rush to judgement without having all the facts. She can't remember who it was attributed to though. Anyone know?
posted by Pressed Rat at 3:28 PM PST - 13 comments

License please

I foolishly parked in a no-parking spot and when I came back to my car a cop was writing me a ticket. No problem, I messed up. He asked me for my drivers license though. Since this was not a moving violation, did I have to give it to him, or could I have refused? Why did he need it? He said that not paying it would result in the suspension of my license. I should mention that both my license and tags are out of state.
posted by DieHipsterDie at 3:24 PM PST - 10 comments

Why did Mimi Rogers' character get mad at Jeff Bridges' character in The Door in the Floor?

My boyfriend asked me why the Mimi Rogers character gets mad at the Jeff Bridges character in the movie The Door in the Floor. I was at a loss for words. Spoilers and [more inside]
posted by cda at 2:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Cross Media Publishing.

How do you easily cross publish to both print and web? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:14 PM PST - 16 comments

Backup Strategy and External HDD Resilience

Hello! I have a backup strategy, which I think is okay but I would like some advice on whether my use of the external hdd is sensible. A little [more inside]
posted by mooders at 1:34 PM PST - 5 comments


My '92 Nissan Altima has a freakin' CAR PHONE in it. What can I do with it? [more inside]
posted by Milkman Dan at 1:11 PM PST - 5 comments

Preparing for the publishing industry

How to prepare myself for a position in publishing? [more inside]
posted by dial-tone at 12:55 PM PST - 9 comments

PHP script generator

I need a PHP script "generator" to do Change/add/delete/edit on a MySQL database. Is there a auto generator of such a script? (I use 1&1 - with ssh and a shell, and a XP machine at home) Thanks!
posted by bright77blue at 12:54 PM PST - 8 comments

Answering Unasked Questions?

Do people ask for advice IRL? If they talk about a problem but don't specifically ask for advice, does that mean they don't want any? [more inside]
posted by meijusa at 12:45 PM PST - 14 comments

Preparing for a panel job interview.

How do I prepare for a job interview with a panel of 5-6 interviewers? [more inside]
posted by footnote at 11:16 AM PST - 10 comments


"The Prestige" spoiler question, do not read if you have any intention of seeing the movie. [more inside]
posted by hwestiii at 11:10 AM PST - 29 comments

Help me stop being so paranoid

Help me stop being so paranoid and/or self conscious. [more inside]
posted by trampesque at 10:29 AM PST - 21 comments


When I am setting up printers on my Windows 2003 server, HP provides a PCL5e and PCL6 driver. What is the difference, and why do I care? [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 9:46 AM PST - 5 comments

Help me find work-appropriate hose.

Southern New Hampshire and/or Montreal Filter: Where do you get fashionable, thick hose with no wool in them? [more inside]
posted by joannemerriam at 9:00 AM PST - 9 comments

Replacing my truck passenger window

A laptop theif (grumble grumble) knocked out the passenger side window to my 1996 Ford Ranger. I only have liability and the YMCA where I was parked won't cover it, so I think I want to change the glass myself. [more inside]
posted by spartacusroosevelt at 9:00 AM PST - 10 comments

art deco christmas trees

Help me find images of Christmas trees decorated in an art deco style. [more inside]
posted by whatzit at 8:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Mid-priced Boston hotels?

Can anyone recommend a nice, mid-priced hotel in Boston, in the city centre but not hard to get to by public transport from the airport? (Bonus points if I'm still going to be able to book a room for two weeks from now.) [more inside]
posted by Marquis at 8:40 AM PST - 20 comments

breaking the ancient seal of my basement floor

We want to paint the floor in our basement office. Having removed the dark red 1970s shag, there is cement underneath, but it is sealed. 1. Is it worth it to remove the concrete sealant to use a stain? 2. Can we paint over the concrete sealant using an epoxy paint? 3. Would it just be cheaper/easier to slap down some linoleum squares? Thank you, Metafilterians, for your words of home improvement wisdom. [more inside]
posted by craniac at 8:26 AM PST - 12 comments

Unlicensed boarding house in Washington DC?

Unlicensed boarding house in Washington DC? [more inside]
posted by hokie409 at 8:09 AM PST - 2 comments

No mansierre for me ...

Help me lose my, um, male breasts. [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 8:05 AM PST - 10 comments


OkinawanMusicFilter: I live in New York City and want to buy some recordings of Okinawan music, but I don't want to pay $30 an album. Is there anywhere in the city or online where I can get them for less? To give you an example of what I am looking for, I really like the collection at Far Side Music, an English website.
posted by billtron at 8:03 AM PST - 1 comment

How can I find a replacement button for my digital camera?

Can you help me find the part I need to fix my digital camera? [more inside]
posted by Nedroid at 7:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Singing in the shower a 'waste of money'

How - and for how long - do you shower? Do you leave the water running all along? Why / why not? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM at 5:29 AM PST - 104 comments

Mouse in the House

We definitely have mice in our garage. I'm worried they may be in our attic or our house interior and I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks at 2:50 AM PST - 14 comments

Over the twenties, in a barrel.

Training, silimming, and building at the dawn of one's thirties: tips, statistics, techniques? Way [more inside]
posted by mykescipark at 2:29 AM PST - 7 comments

Conan, let me hear you.

Where can I find an audio clip of Conan the Barbarian screaming?
posted by diastematic at 12:23 AM PST - 2 comments

What can I do about my MacBook Pro's abysmal keyboard finish?

What can I do about my MacBook Pro's abysmal keyboard finish? [more inside]
posted by jdurlowe at 12:09 AM PST - 11 comments

October 21

Stalked? not really... just squicked.

How does one gently discourage a colleague from inviting herself to one's place? Of course there's quite a bit [more inside]
posted by lonefrontranger at 11:52 PM PST - 23 comments

Weird optics

Let's say I find a shiny spherical object and under point lighting, I move it very close to my eye. I then focus on the bright spot, but focus at a distance of 1-2 feet until the patterns are in focus. At this point, it looks like a bad microscope. Am I looking at part of my own eye? Is this a documented phenomenon I could read about?
posted by aye at 8:44 PM PST - 19 comments

Netscape 7.2 Mail

My wife uses Netscape 7.2 Mail for all her email needs on her Windows XP box. When she clicks on a URL from within an email message, it launches the Netscape 7.2 browser to view the URL. How can we configure it to launch Firefox or Internet Explorer instead? [more inside]
posted by jaimev at 8:43 PM PST - 2 comments

How to not scare guys off with my long term singleness?

I turned 30 yesterday. My longest ever sexual/romantic relationship was 6 months long, and took place when I was 21. Since then, I've had several flings, one-night stands, and extended flirtations, but nothing even remotely resembling a real/long-term relationship. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:36 PM PST - 23 comments

Person Power?

What can one person (me) do to get US troops out of Iraq as soon as possible? [more inside]
posted by CaptMcalister at 7:36 PM PST - 29 comments

Decent file hosting for a developer

Aussie developer friends are looking for affordable (or freeish) hosting. They're burning through 60+ gigs a month. Ideas? Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by filmgeek at 7:08 PM PST - 10 comments

When college is too fun...

How did you get through your quarter-life crisis/post-college angst? [more inside]
posted by wuzandfuzz at 6:14 PM PST - 21 comments

How do I clean my ThinkPad's harddrive so I can sell it WITHOUT having to reinstall XP?

How do I clean my ThinkPad's harddrive so I can sell it WITHOUT having to reinstall XP? [more inside]
posted by phixed at 6:00 PM PST - 11 comments

What is a good metaphor and a good analogy for this phenomenon?

I need a metaphor and an analogy for an application of social network theory. [more inside]
posted by k8t at 5:54 PM PST - 16 comments

Why no worky?

SQLServerFilter: Quick question about views and using "NOT IN". [more inside]
posted by SoulOnIce at 5:42 PM PST - 4 comments

Where can I find this obscure recording?

I'm trying to locate a circa 1992 live recording of Die Warzau's "Land of the Free". Any clues as to where it might have been released? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco at 5:37 PM PST - 3 comments

Testy Copyeditors (yes, one word)

Very straightforward: would a testy copyeditor say "take out our grammar frustrations" or "take out our grammatical frustrations" and why?
posted by vers at 4:41 PM PST - 17 comments

Marriage, nerd-style

NerdProposalFilter: Looking for a creative way to ask my boyfriend to marry me, via World of Warcraft. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Can you recommend a good restaurant in Bruges?

Can you recommend a good restaurant in Bruges? Am visiting for 2 days and want to make the most of the four eating out opportunities. Would prefer local cuisine and not too expensive, but any cuisine and budget considered...
posted by janecr at 4:29 PM PST - 8 comments

What is this nefarious plant?

What is this plant/weed and how can a friend of mine control it? Exhibit A, Exhibit B, Exhibit C. [more inside]
posted by xmutex at 4:13 PM PST - 4 comments

What do I have to buy to have everything Peyton Manning says I should?

What do I have to buy to have everything Peyton Manning says I should? [more inside]
posted by airguitar at 4:11 PM PST - 16 comments

Watch for a cheap flight whenever it's available

How can I watch prices for a roundtrip flight for a few-day visit somewhere? The dates aren't as important as cheap fares-- pretty much any time through this coming April would be fantastic. I'd just like to watch for lower prices. How can I do this?
posted by freddymungo at 3:49 PM PST - 6 comments

I can't get this song out of my head.

Can you help me find a song? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel at 3:32 PM PST - 19 comments

Macbook Pro graphics, to buy or not to buy

Macbook Pro graphics query: For a Photoshop user, is it necessary to get the 256MB graphics card?... [more inside]
posted by timnyc at 2:43 PM PST - 23 comments

Make my Gnome OSX'y

How do I configure Gnome (on Fedora Core 5, if it matters) and X11 to act like OSX with respect to keyboard input? [more inside]
posted by ChrisR at 2:16 PM PST - 4 comments

Things to do outside in the autumn

I'd like suggestions for outdoor activities during autumn. [more inside]
posted by La Gata at 2:14 PM PST - 18 comments

Access Memo to Text, baby

Access Field question: On a linked ODBC table, I have part number information in a MEMO field, in this format: xx-xxx-xxxx. I would like to make this a TEXT field so that I can link it to another ITEM field that is associated with cost data. How can I do this in a query? Thanks
posted by strangelove at 1:47 PM PST - 5 comments

The advertising history of Procter & Gamble

Help me find some good resources on the history of Procter & Gamble's advertising. [more inside]
posted by catburger at 1:42 PM PST - 12 comments

I wanna read about weird shit!!

I used to like Rense, but he's gotten far too political. Where can I read weird, non-political news? [more inside]
posted by Mutant at 1:09 PM PST - 12 comments

This Funny-Money Isn't That Funny

FontFilter: what's the font in which the word "Gutschein" is written on this concentration camp money? [more inside]
posted by evariste at 12:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Who sings Lonesome Joey Grinder?

Lonesome Joey Grinder? Help me identify this song. [more inside]
posted by Frank Grimes at 11:59 AM PST - 5 comments

Why does my internet connection keep dropping??

Wierd adsl connection problem. My google-fu has failed me. Please help - I'm tearing my hair out! [more inside]
posted by lemonpillows at 11:58 AM PST - 7 comments

Seeking memorials (anywhere worldwide) for people killed by police or government brutality?

Memorial / Activist Art: Where in the world are there public, physical memorials of any kind (sculptures, murals, installations, etc.) for individuals who were killed by police or by governments? I'm really inspired by the Omofuma Stein in Vienna (a self-funded/DIY granite sculpture, first installed guerilla-style in front of the Vienna Opera House and now permanently installed in Vienna's Museumsquartier) and I want to document/celebrate similar projects elsewhere in the world.
posted by allterrainbrain at 11:47 AM PST - 16 comments

Poem ID, possibly Auden.

Poem identification: "There are no (something) rooms. There are no (something) doors." [more inside]
posted by Jeanne at 10:44 AM PST - 2 comments

Any first credit card advice?

Applying for my first credit card soon. What should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by ckolderup at 10:17 AM PST - 24 comments

Are your tubes clogged, too?

Mail Administrators: are you seeing a huge increase in the amount of e-mail? [more inside]
posted by popechunk at 10:16 AM PST - 19 comments

orthogonality isn't a SQL know-it-all after all, let's laugh at him

Help! Stumped by an SQL problem. [more inside]
posted by hangashore at 10:14 AM PST - 21 comments

Identify this chant or mantra.

What are these people singing? It sounds like padana-whey, padana-whey, padana, chanted over and over. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Gunn at 9:50 AM PST - 4 comments

How can I find out who is behind a Web page ?

How can the identity of a web page creator be discovered?I have a problem with a local web page that is letting out sensitive cave locations and I want to try to contact the owner and let them know and perhaps inform/convince them to remove the problem. [more inside]
posted by plumberonkarst at 9:14 AM PST - 11 comments

Yes, you're correct. I don't trust him.

I want to monitor activity on my computer, but I'm totally at a loss. Can you recommend any software? [more inside]
posted by damnjezebel at 9:13 AM PST - 10 comments

Help me constuct an astronaut helmet

How would I go about constucting a reasonable looking space helmet? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling at 8:54 AM PST - 6 comments

I don't talk to my family. Does that make me a freak?

I've been estranged from my family for 3+ years. How can I explain this to a girl that I'm dating without seeming like a nutcase or weirdo? [more inside]
posted by Jake Apathy at 8:46 AM PST - 32 comments

I want to be a temp slave.

JobFilter: What temp agencies are best for copy editing work in New York? [more inside]
posted by brina at 8:25 AM PST - 4 comments

Safely power 5V 2.0A device with 5V 2.1A adapter?

Can I safely use a 5V 2.1A power adapter for a device (Linksys WET11 Wireless Ethernet Bridge) that expects 5V 2.0A? [more inside]
posted by SomePerlGeek at 8:19 AM PST - 3 comments

Long life flashing LED

Any suggestions for a small, battery-powered flashing LED setup I can use for an outdoor mock alarm? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 at 7:39 AM PST - 5 comments


What are "fling-ups," exactly, and how does one do them? [more inside]
posted by pax digita at 7:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Smart Playlists Turned Dumb

Since I downloaded iTunes 7, my iPod no longer updates Smart Playlists on-the-go. What to do? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 6:43 AM PST - 4 comments

Help on background of musical needed

Info on musical titled "Number the Stars" needed [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 6:38 AM PST - 2 comments

my keen wah is already kleen wah

Rinsing quinoa: is it really necessary? I haven't found a strainer dense enough that the quinoa doesn't get stuck in it to the point that rinsing it out is a real pain. Also, I often don't rinse it, and I don't notice any difference. Is there something inherently dirty about quinoa? I mean, it's still getting sterilized by boiling water, right? Why rinse quinoa but not rice, bulgur, etc.?
posted by bingo at 5:05 AM PST - 17 comments

how do i convert .mp3x files?

how do I convert .mp3x files downloaded for free from allofmp3.com's "music for the masses" giveaway into .mp3 files i can use with my ipod?
posted by subverted at 3:25 AM PST - 10 comments

Do you have a favorite breakfast casserole recipe?

I have a potluck brunch to go to tomorrow and would like to make an egg/bread type casserole. Does anyone have any good recipes they can share (that don't require refrigeration overnight)?
posted by kechi at 2:27 AM PST - 11 comments

Who are some nonviolent political pranksters?

Please tell me about some nonviolent political pranksters I might have missed. [more inside]
posted by Phred182 at 1:38 AM PST - 19 comments

October 20

Home theater shops in SF?

I'm taking a friend shopping for a home theater tomorrow in San Francisco. She has a very healthy budget, and I want to hit up some of the higher-end boutique stores that can give a good demo. Which ones should we go to? [more inside]
posted by wubbie at 10:33 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I get my business idea off the ground?

I'm seriously thinking about starting a small business/personal project, but the logistics are a nightmare. Help me get it off the ground, Hive Mind! [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 10:16 PM PST - 14 comments

The size of risk

How big is a Risk board? [more inside]
posted by transient at 10:12 PM PST - 6 comments

Where can I find fomulas for calculating coordinating colors?

Where can I find mathematical fomulas for calculating coordinating colors for interior decorating projects? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks at 9:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Is there a way to determine the THC content of my "Green Dragon" mixture?

I'm not a smoker, so I consume most of my THC by steeping 1/4 oz of weed in 26 oz of 151-proof rum. (After a week or so, I strain the rum and consume it about a tablespoon at a time. It suits my needs quite well.) I remember from my days of making homemade wine that there was a fairly easy way to estimate the alcohol content of wine by measuring the specific gravity before and after fermentation. Is there any similar method to get a ballpark idea of how much THC is in my rum?
posted by Tbola at 9:06 PM PST - 12 comments

Your laundry has overstayed its welcome.

How long is "too long" to leave your laundry in a washer or dryer in a laundromat/apartment laundry room setting? What do you do when you need to do laundry and find that someone has left stuff in a dryer? [more inside]
posted by drstein at 8:34 PM PST - 52 comments

Wheels on 1963 Ranchero

What was the original size wheels/tires that came on the 1963 Ford Ranchero? Thanks in advance!
posted by drleary at 8:29 PM PST - 6 comments

Request MeFi Legal/General Advice on Fraud

I need help tracking down the source of a fraudulent transaction that has left me in a state of disbelief. It is quite appalling actually. Legal advice greatly appreciated. [more inside]
posted by dbk at 6:52 PM PST - 42 comments

Dune or Dune-Not?

I just finished reading Frank Herbert's "Dune", and I am in love with it. Should I continue reading the series and/or see the movie adaptations, or will it ruin my fascination with the original book? [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 at 6:02 PM PST - 58 comments

Rabby Roo?

Momentarily bereft of cash, I'm left wondering how my family is going to attend a costume-mandatory Halloween party next Friday. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 6:01 PM PST - 18 comments

Not that I don't believe my mother-in-law...

Is there such a thing as pink, opaque Pears soap? [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat at 5:35 PM PST - 3 comments

How does this site load for you?

how does this site load for you? [more inside]
posted by localhuman at 5:21 PM PST - 19 comments

What's the best ISP on Holloway Road?

What is the best ISP in the UK? [more inside]
posted by 6am at 5:04 PM PST - 23 comments

Editing file format help

Optimal export settings for video files (QTs) going from FCP to Avid Adrenaline? [more inside]
posted by BillBishop at 4:45 PM PST - 3 comments

Medieval Eastern and Central European armor in films? Mih?

MovieFilter: A friend of mine needs to see some examples of Central and Eastern European armor from about a thousand years ago. What movies could you recommend which display such sorts of armor? [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast at 4:40 PM PST - 14 comments

How does a Protestant minister handle a confession of murder?

A murder was confessed to me. I am a minister. What is my legal obligation: to report the crime to the authorities, or to maintain the confidentiality of the confession? This is not hypothetical. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:29 PM PST - 158 comments

How private are "private" medical records?

How much of my medical history is available to prospective employers/government institutions, and are there any questions regarding medical history or treatment that I am not legally obligated to answer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:27 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I get a wireless internet connection 200 feet away to another computer? (more inside)

How do I get a wireless internet connection 200 feet away to another computer? [more inside]
posted by malhaley at 4:26 PM PST - 4 comments

From mkv to divx

I have a bunch of .mkv files, a Mac (10.3.9, Toast), and a DVD player that plays divx. How can I convert those dang .mkv files to a format readable by my DVD player? Thanks.
posted by PenguinBukkake at 4:03 PM PST - 1 comment

What is native?

Help me clear up my misconception about display resolution: I always understood it that on the same 15" screen that if you went to a higher resolution, it would pack more pixels into that same 15" space. But resolution appears to be length of number of pixels x width of number of pixels. So is a 1080 hdtv always going to be bigger than a 720 hdtv? What am I missing?
posted by baking soda at 3:59 PM PST - 11 comments

I've got the low-down weblog blues

Hullo. I'm compiling some weblog traffic reports for a site running on two servers (for load balancing). As they are wont to do, each server has collected differnt data... [more inside]
posted by missmobtown at 3:56 PM PST - 5 comments


What's rattling under the hood of my car? [more inside]
posted by one_bean at 3:48 PM PST - 6 comments

Cheapest/Best Portable Net plan for Xbox Live?

Barring signal strength for a location or normal lag issues, what which plan is cheapest for portable Internet (Clearw're, Xanadoo, etc) service that I can laglessly play Xbox Live with? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold at 3:48 PM PST - 3 comments

Tax free(lancer)?

Is it possible for an individual who does freelance work (computer programming, design, etc.) in Texas to purchase equiment used to do such work tax-free (such as computers)? [more inside]
posted by jimmy0x52 at 3:30 PM PST - 7 comments

How to install fonts on network profile?

When installing a particular font in a Win2k networked system, the font is gone after logging out and back in.... [more inside]
posted by IronLizard at 3:16 PM PST - 13 comments

Area man keeping Muslim kids safe and happy, so you don't have to

What should I give as Eidi (Eid gifts) to kids of my Pakistani-American friends? [more inside]
posted by forwebsites at 3:01 PM PST - 6 comments

What do you call those little quotes in books?

What is the term for those little quotes that sometimes open books? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 2:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Read my lips?

Are muslim women who wear a veil or burka allowed to remove it to be lip read by deaf people? [more inside]
posted by A189Nut at 2:30 PM PST - 9 comments

Weird Boy in the Bathroom Movie

Please help me identify a freaky 1970's (maybe 1960's) movie! Plot inside. [more inside]
posted by MaxVonCretin at 2:28 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I get my Simpletech drive to mount in windows?

Windows XP Home Edition won't recognize my Simpletech external hard drive. The USB ports are fine, the computer recognizes -every- other USB device I own (15+ devices.) Help! [more inside]
posted by JFitzpatrick at 1:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me build my ADD fortress of solitude!

Screw doctors, I have diagnosed myself with adult attention deficit disorder. I can keep it in control by limiting my exposure to distracting stimuli, but occasionally I need a place to retreat. [more inside]
posted by jlowen at 1:46 PM PST - 16 comments

Hippie Store?

I'm seeking a good New Age/Green/Hippie store in Chicago (northside preferred). [more inside]
posted by verysleeping at 12:59 PM PST - 7 comments

Must I "diss" grace as an atheist?

What's the polite thing for an atheist to do during grace at the dinner table to which s/he was invited? [more inside]
posted by war wrath of wraith at 12:58 PM PST - 48 comments

What to wear to a job interview

InterviewFilter -- Should I wear a skirt suit to a job interview for a para-professional position? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar at 12:56 PM PST - 3 comments

Where can I find radio shows that solve business problems in a case study format along the line of Harvard Business Review case study?

Where can I find radio shows that solve business problems in a case study format along the line of Harvard Business Review case study? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru at 12:53 PM PST - 1 comment

It's not an easy thing to meet your maker.

Bladerunner theatrical release: did he or didn't he? Gorey details and [more inside]
posted by lekvar at 12:42 PM PST - 12 comments

Gutal awmaar baina.

Help me find sexy black boots for a very cold climate. [more inside]
posted by thirteenkiller at 12:28 PM PST - 13 comments

Flash + components + XML

Flash 8 code question: [more inside]
posted by Grod at 10:55 AM PST - 9 comments

Help me start a bonfire in the Bay Area

Bonfire By The Bay: Can we do it? Please click down ⬇ there and find [more inside]
posted by symphonik at 10:46 AM PST - 12 comments

The big v in the big city, the big snip, snippy-snippy, etcetc. (VasectomyNYCFilter)

I'm looking to get a vasectomy in NYC and need some recommendations as to where I should go. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:31 AM PST - 1 comment

Is this mold in my home their fault?

Do I have a case? Mold in the home and cable installation: [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:31 AM PST - 6 comments

you can't share your genes and you can't touch anyone elses!

My partner and I would eventually like to adopt a child - not immediately but some year soon. I am wondering if my medical history would effect my chances/application? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:30 AM PST - 9 comments

Does anyone know how to find a website that sort of emulated mac os x?

Does anyone know how to find a website that sort of emulated mac os x? [more inside]
posted by mdbell79 at 10:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Comprehensive XP -> Parallels migration

What's the most efficient way to transfer an entire functioning Windows XP PC to my new Mac running Parallels? [more inside]
posted by maniabug at 10:12 AM PST - 3 comments

Water-cooler time

What is the general norm of “water-cooler time” reported on an 8 to 5 timesheet? [more inside]
posted by tfmm at 10:09 AM PST - 17 comments

Freaking out Firefox

My Firefox (v: is freaking out. [more inside]
posted by sandra_s at 10:04 AM PST - 4 comments

Help me find an espresso tamper

I looking to buy an espresso tamper and knock out "thing" in San Jose, CA today before noon. Anyone know where I can find one? I checked a few local Starbucks and looked online at Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table. Any suggestions on local coffee shops and/or specialty retailers in the North San Jose Area that have a selection of the above items?
posted by mhm at 9:59 AM PST - 6 comments

"No trucks over 6 wheels in left lane."

Ambiguous signage-filter: "No trucks over 6 wheels in left lane." [more inside]
posted by LordSludge at 9:57 AM PST - 3 comments

How do I clean melted plastic off of a Ceran cooktop?

Is there any way to clean a melted plastic spatula off of a Ceran cooktop? [more inside]
posted by Tacos Are Pretty Great at 9:46 AM PST - 9 comments

Geocoding and driving time APIs?

Geocoding and finding driving time between geocoded addresses: best free APIs? [more inside]
posted by orthogonality at 9:29 AM PST - 5 comments

Chicago pub quiz

What bars have good pub quizzes in Chicago? [more inside]
posted by jcwagner at 9:22 AM PST - 5 comments

Display web content from a secured device on an Intranet site?

Display web content from a secured device on an Intranet site? [more inside]
posted by bda1972 at 9:20 AM PST - 6 comments

What would you give someone who just got a banjo?

Friend just got a banjo and I want to get her a banjo-related gift. Li'l help? [more inside]
posted by ORthey at 9:07 AM PST - 18 comments

The mystery of the tax credit

How do tax credits work? My husband and I both bought Priuses early this year (well before the 60,000 mark), and we get tax credits of $3,150 for each car. Which is awesome, but... [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never at 8:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Metafilter, "magazine" of the future!

If The Atlantic Monthly (or Harper's, or The New Yorker) were founded today, would it be Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by MarshallPoe at 8:52 AM PST - 31 comments

My feet are wet - now it's time to get the 'swimsuit' part into the cold water.

Now that I'm getting familiar with PHP and MySQL et al, what should I add to my portfolio to make myself hirable? [more inside]
posted by cebailey at 8:43 AM PST - 4 comments

What's happening here?

I have seen a couple trucks owned by the city (public works trucks) with magnetic signs advertising to "Vote No" on an upcoming proposed charter amendment. I have also seen a flashing sign owned by City Hall with the same message to "Vote No on Prop. 7". Isn't this illegal?
posted by LoriFLA at 8:39 AM PST - 13 comments


Has Finnegans Wake ever been translated? How?
posted by dead_ at 8:39 AM PST - 36 comments

Elegant trash/recycling bins?

I have little under-cabinet space and and am looking for a somewhat elegant solution to trash/food waste/recycling. Because of the lack of under-counter space, I need something free-standing and preferably with a small footprint. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Manhasset at 8:29 AM PST - 10 comments

How do I increase my powers of reasoning?

I've read a study that suggests individuals who live in perpetual poverty have impaired reasoning capabilities. Assuming this is true, how can I learn to reason better? What ways can I improve my ability to accurately assess situations and troubleshoot problems?
posted by dropkick at 8:26 AM PST - 22 comments

Movie Booze + Pregnancy = ?

Question about Maya Rudolph, champagne, and A Prairie Home Companion. [more inside]
posted by starman at 7:37 AM PST - 11 comments

Unshackle my home network

Linksys WRT54G Wireless Router + Comcast Broadband connection. My Comcast connection will not allow the internet to flow through the wireless router [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon at 7:27 AM PST - 14 comments

Three legged puppy needs to fun fast!

Help my three legged German Shepard. [more inside]
posted by stormygrey at 7:25 AM PST - 11 comments

Second Baby Shower ok?

Is having a baby shower for a second child ok? [more inside]
posted by Gooney at 7:04 AM PST - 24 comments

Stock Option Back Dating - wild and reasonable predictions wanted.

Magic Ball Filter: Stock Option Back Dating Scandal: How bad is it? How much is it going to affect the average person? [more inside]
posted by nnk at 6:46 AM PST - 15 comments

Will I get ripped off by a used CD Web site?

Has anyone used secondspin.com to sell used CDs? Just a little bit [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 at 6:21 AM PST - 7 comments

Last minute change of plans.

Anywhere warm in the SE US to camp with too many dogs? [more inside]
posted by tizzie at 5:50 AM PST - 7 comments

turkey baster pregnancy movies

How do you get pregnant with a turkey baster? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear at 3:49 AM PST - 21 comments

Internet Opinion Shaping Tricks

Sockpuppets and gaming Digg. What other tricks are being used to deceptively manipulate opinion online?
posted by srboisvert at 3:18 AM PST - 9 comments

A weekend in Alsace

Looking for recommendations for a trip to Alsace, France this weekend. Currently, we're just across the border in Germany. Should we rent a car or take the train? Which towns must we see on a weekend trip? What are the best things to do (hiking, castles, etc.) and the best places to stay? Thanks!
posted by xammerboy at 2:38 AM PST - 4 comments

What is this book?

Not so long ago, someone asked this question about a hypothermia situation in a book. I would like to read said book, but the title isn't mentioned. What is the book?
posted by lazy robot at 2:25 AM PST - 3 comments

Suicide Album Cover

I'm looking for the story beind an album cover for (i think) a death metal band. The picture on the cover was supposedly taken by one band member posing with another band member that had committed suicide. [more inside]
posted by bob sarabia at 1:12 AM PST - 5 comments

Do I stay in school, or stay at home (dad)?

I am in the first semester of a phd in history at a respected state school, with an M.A. under my belt. My wife and I just had our first baby in May, a beautiful daughter with a smile anyone in their right mind would die for. As my wife has a decent job that pays very well, I'm the stay-at-home-dad, but I'm finding it increasingly difficult to juggle parenting with graduate school. I can take a part time job with a record labe where I set my own hours and work from home; the perfect job for a SAHD (stay-at-home-dad). Do I throw away all the hard work to get into this phd program and the (potential) future career of a professorship, or do I sweat this out and stick with the phd program while fathering? [more inside]
posted by beelerspace at 12:59 AM PST - 19 comments

October 19

How does one export a quicktime file from iMovie that can be added to a web page?

How does one export a quicktime file from iMovie that can be added to a web page? [more inside]
posted by traderjoefan at 11:46 PM PST - 6 comments

Is there a desktop search tool that doesn't require administrative rights to install and run?

What tool can you use to perform full-text searches across PDF files that doesn't require administrative rights? [more inside]
posted by irian at 11:02 PM PST - 6 comments

The stress alone is worth billions.

Will I win my small claims lawsuit against this deadbeat publisher? [more inside]
posted by changeling at 10:45 PM PST - 10 comments

Troubles with email forwarding..

Is there a way to automatically forward mail in a Yahoo account to a Gmail account without upgrading to mail plus??
posted by MJaffaDMB at 10:31 PM PST - 3 comments

Cheap Jeep?

How hard/expensive is it likely to be to get a ten-year-old Jeep to pass California emissions standards? [more inside]
posted by fuzzbean at 10:00 PM PST - 8 comments

live and write

I'm tired of making next to nothing writing complete bullshit. I'm so so so so tired of it. I want to maximize my freelance potential and even enter into whoredom so I can make some money to live on. I'm in graduate school right now, but I need income, and I'd like to continue on in the field of creative journalism or analysis. What can I do? (this gets complicated) [more inside]
posted by punkbitch at 9:33 PM PST - 13 comments

Shake it, bitch.

Why don't pro sports teams shake hands after a game? [more inside]
posted by Oddly at 9:01 PM PST - 32 comments

Germs for me to play with?

Plastic germ action figures that were sold in test-tubes: does anyone remember these toys? [more inside]
posted by Powerful Religious Baby at 8:29 PM PST - 7 comments

Maily maily moo, some questions for you

Two quick Mail.app questions: How do I "whitelist" an address, and how do I get it to work behind a proxy [more inside]
posted by Popular Ethics at 8:28 PM PST - 10 comments

Three weeks on a shoestring flying out of NYC - where should we go?

Three weeks on a shoestring flying out of NYC - where should we go? [more inside]
posted by Jujee at 8:19 PM PST - 11 comments

Where can public relations/communications job postings be found?

Where can public relations/communications job postings be found? [more inside]
posted by graytona at 7:43 PM PST - 11 comments

Any great book marketing ideas?

Book marketing filter: I'm helping some friends with the release of a humor book. Any great strategies? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican at 7:42 PM PST - 2 comments

squealing like a pig

Car-filter: There is something squealy and squeeking on my automobile-type machine. Help clueless person. [more inside]
posted by typewriter at 7:10 PM PST - 15 comments

Why won't they take my money?

Individual Health Insurance question - who wants this pile of money? [more inside]
posted by Cardinal Fang! at 6:47 PM PST - 11 comments

Help us share notes on our win-mac network

How can we best share short notes and reminders across our win-mac network? [more inside]
posted by harmless at 6:33 PM PST - 7 comments

Why does my turn signal blink faster when one of them goes out?

Why do my turn signals blink faster if one of them goes out? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull at 6:30 PM PST - 14 comments

Help me get a handle on current politics!

Where can I find intelligent, non-partisan (or, failing that, bi-partisan) explanation of the recent Military Commissions Act of 2006. [more inside]
posted by hatsix at 6:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Book that will scare the hell outta me?

I want to read a book that is gona scare the living daylights out of me. Preferably a thriller, not monsters and vampires, and it should be smart and believable. Show me the book that will make it hard for me to sleep after reading.
posted by pwally at 5:58 PM PST - 88 comments

Help me become an X-men comic book geek!

Any X-Men experts hereabouts? What would you recommend as a starting point for someone who enjoyed the movies and the animated series from the early 90s and now would like to go back and actually read the original comic books? Are there any omnibus-type volumes that would help bring a new reader up to speed?
posted by John Smallberries at 5:53 PM PST - 20 comments

Help me keep the tubes unclogged

It seems like when someone is doing file sharing on the network everything else slows to a crawl. Besides setting a limit on the bandwidth in the file sharing program, can I set it on the router? Lets say the bandwidth hog was a roommate who I didnt want to have to police. Could I just do something on my end? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop at 5:48 PM PST - 13 comments

Because I'm still confused by anatomical references to "[one's] humps..."

Help me DJ a dance at the middle school where I teach. [more inside]
posted by alphanerd at 5:34 PM PST - 20 comments

Helping a Red Hot Chili Peppers fan in her time of need

Does John Frusciante or the Red Hot Chili Peppers have a charity organization to help battered women? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by kuppajava at 5:33 PM PST - 5 comments

With the holiday "blow all your money on crap" season just around the corner...

What are the best deal aggregator sites out there that DON'T focus on hard drives, monitors and tech stuff? (Not that there's anything wrong with that) [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 at 5:24 PM PST - 9 comments

Emotional stages of animal volunteering.

I'm looking for a blog post about four stages of animal shelter volunteers. [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine at 5:21 PM PST - 4 comments

What are good cheap gifts for kids this year?

I've got too many nieces and nephews to buy christmas gifts for this year and not enough money. Please, oh great and wise collective hive mind of the metafilter abyss, grant me some wisdom as to some great cheap gifts. [more inside]
posted by killThisKid at 5:19 PM PST - 31 comments

Fun simple competitive good-looking multiplayer computer games?

What are the most addictive, not-too-hard-to-master, good-for-casual-gamers multiplayer computer games out there? Cool graphics appreciated. Strategy games preferred, but not required...
posted by shivohum at 4:45 PM PST - 30 comments

More stressful than bigamy?

Am I crazy to buy into a San Francisco TIC? [more inside]
posted by aspo at 4:08 PM PST - 6 comments

Diaper Disposal

Should I get a diaper pail? [more inside]
posted by Frasermoo at 4:01 PM PST - 27 comments

How to search for tv show content via internet

Is there a way to search upcoming television shows for topics? For example, I would like to know if there are any upcoming television shows about the Black Plague. Short of getting a tivo, is there a way to do this via the internet? [more inside]
posted by allthewhile at 3:59 PM PST - 3 comments

Sales leads for small biz?

Any recommendations for a no b.s. sales lead service for a one person mortgage broker biz? [more inside]
posted by swiffa at 3:13 PM PST - 1 comment

What can she be for Halloween?

Halloween Costume suggestions. [more inside]
posted by ObscureReferenceMan at 3:10 PM PST - 10 comments

I swear, this is the last revision... (famous last words)

My creative coworkers aren't famous, yet deserve some recognition for their efforts on a tough project with an impossible client. Internally, I'm singing their praises and making their successes known to management. Additionally, I'd like to get them a treat. Here's where you come in: [more inside]
posted by cior at 2:48 PM PST - 9 comments

Making good use of a sabbatical month.

How can I prepare best for a period of reseach consolidation/writing? [more inside]
posted by paduasoy at 2:29 PM PST - 4 comments

Home delivery of groceries?

Does anyone have any experience with home grocery delivery in South Orange County? [more inside]
posted by zzztimbo at 2:26 PM PST - 4 comments

What does an Advisory Board do?

What is an Advisory Board and what does it do? [more inside]
posted by o2b at 2:10 PM PST - 1 comment

What makes "the rules of the game" great?

How do I analyze the film "the rules of the game"? [more inside]
posted by njb at 2:04 PM PST - 14 comments

Theres a world where I can go and tell my secrets to

A member of my family has been entering my house in my absence when it has been particularly impressed upon that person that it is specifically against my wishes. [more inside]
posted by aeighty at 1:55 PM PST - 40 comments

How to have an Ubuntu machine display a slideshow of the Flickr 'Interestingness' photos for that day?

How to have an Ubuntu machine display a slideshow of the Flickr 'Interestingness' photos for that day? [more inside]
posted by mattholomew at 1:52 PM PST - 3 comments

Who is Hollywood trying to reach with sucky female roles?

What target audience are movie producers trying to reach when they cast women in superfluous bimbo roles in action movies? [more inside]
posted by hoverboards don't work on water at 1:36 PM PST - 35 comments

Life beyond bars.

So what's it like being released from prison? [more inside]
posted by CMichaelCook at 1:31 PM PST - 23 comments

Helping kids deal with a move?

Helping children deal with a move? [more inside]
posted by toastchee at 1:28 PM PST - 5 comments

If the market hits 12K do I get a bonus?

EconomyFilter: I have a difficult time figuring out why the Dow Index breaking 12,000 translates into anything good for the average person on the street. Help me understand! [more inside]
posted by Funmonkey1 at 1:20 PM PST - 41 comments

Erudition's Musicians?

Off to a Decemberists show tonight, and thereby wondering: What are some musical acts, especially predating 1980, with a simliar proclivity toward verbosity and the historical or arcane? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 1:02 PM PST - 37 comments

how do I send files >1GB? OSX

I am a mac OSX user and I want to send Huge (>1GB) files via the internet. Does anyone have a solution other than Yousendit, dropshare or AIM?
posted by lukeomalley at 12:53 PM PST - 14 comments

how does it feel to have your period?

how does it feel to have your period? [more inside]
posted by krautland at 12:44 PM PST - 96 comments

What channels am I actually going to watch?

UKTVFilter: Help me pick the channels I’ll actually watch! [more inside]
posted by sueinnyc at 12:32 PM PST - 9 comments

Do most white guys in Alabama have their hair cut like the guys on Two-A-Days?

Do most white guys in Alabama have their hair cut like the guys on Two-A-Days? How about the rest of the south? Is this considered attractive? [more inside]
posted by b_thinky at 12:19 PM PST - 21 comments

Where can I find cheap or free data feeds for movies in theatres and new DVD releases for use in a commercial website?

Where can I get free or low cost movie feeds / data sources for use in a commercial website? [more inside]
posted by jikel_morten at 12:03 PM PST - 2 comments

What Christmas train should I get?

Which Christmas train should I get? [more inside]
posted by madajb at 11:25 AM PST - 9 comments

Mirror mirror on the wall, who has the wobbliest thighs of all?

Best way to rid self of seriously awful cellulite, short of surgery? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:14 AM PST - 12 comments

How can I change the default 'address bar search' in Firefox?

How can I change the default 'address bar search' in Firefox? [more inside]
posted by simonash at 11:13 AM PST - 5 comments

bowling team name

Need a bowling team name - work at an ad agency but having trouble being creative...
posted by cleve9 at 10:59 AM PST - 25 comments


The Adventures of Tintin — where to begin? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny at 10:55 AM PST - 20 comments

Relocation from Israel to Palo Alto

Seeking advice for someone relocating for his job from Israel to Palo Alto, CA. [more inside]
posted by mlis at 10:45 AM PST - 5 comments

Beware. PHB lurking ahead.

Help me prevent my Pointy Headed Boss from implementing a daily required karaoke session. Theres definatly [more inside]
posted by Jonsnews at 10:45 AM PST - 63 comments

Duh. Huh.

I'm looking to identify an Eighties rap song for a friend. The only problem is that we don't know any of the words and I'm only (maybe) familiar with it through an FM morning show type Parody (Vaguely recalled from my eighties childhood). Warning: May involve Reagan. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie at 10:43 AM PST - 7 comments

Saying or blessing for baby quilt

Dylan lyrics appropriate for baby or Malagasy traditional lullaby? [more inside]
posted by sulaine at 10:33 AM PST - 9 comments

Bird is the word.

Los Angeles Residents: Can anyone identify what the heck these birds are, hanging from power lines all over Hollywood and the West Side? [more inside]
posted by donguanella at 10:28 AM PST - 9 comments

How to get a computer in Mexico without paying through the nose?

Is anyone flying from the US to Mexico in the coming week? Would you like to bring me a computer? (Or: Does anyone have any ideas for getting a fair price on a Mac in Mexico City?) [more inside]
posted by jacob at 10:21 AM PST - 9 comments

How to display a system modal dialog on Symbian or Windows Mobile?

I'm interested in displaying a system modal dialog on a Symbian S60/UIQ and/or a Windows Mobile device. [more inside]
posted by oferhalevi at 10:20 AM PST - 3 comments

What's going on with my email?

Has a company given out my email address, or am I at fault? [more inside]
posted by squishy at 10:19 AM PST - 6 comments

Make our Greece vacation rock the house, please.

GreeceFilter: Traveling there for the first part of November, with my parents and 3 (adult) siblings. Itinerary inside, please suggest places to go, things to do, eats not to miss, how to avoid baby-throwing gypsies, etc.. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime at 9:57 AM PST - 5 comments

"Pull my finger." "Why'd you just cut the cheese?"

What's the connection between finger-pulling and farting? [more inside]
posted by Rash at 9:33 AM PST - 21 comments

How do I responsibly dispose of old zip disks?

My company has a cartload of old zip disks with non-confidential info on them (and a zip drive). Is there any good way to dispose of these...? Someplace that could erase and reuse or resell them would be ideal, since we don't have the staff to go through and erase them ourselves. (We're in N. TX but could possibly ship them off). I just hate to put them in the landfill.
posted by emjaybee at 9:15 AM PST - 9 comments

Books about women heroes and role models for a 12-year-old girl?

What are some good biographical/autobiographical books about inspiring women I could put together into a set for my 12-year-old niece? [more inside]
posted by troybob at 9:14 AM PST - 30 comments

What is my best option for repair of my PSP?

What is my best option for repair of my PSP? [more inside]
posted by slavlin at 9:08 AM PST - 5 comments

Now that's what I call Marine Biology!

What's the best way to go about going "back" to school after dropping out and taking a few years off? Of course, there is a ton [more inside]
posted by atomly at 9:00 AM PST - 7 comments

All lyrics to Cohen's Hallelujah?

What are all the 15 verses of Leonard Cohen's song Hallelujah? [more inside]
posted by poq at 8:47 AM PST - 6 comments

How to restrict shell access?

SSHFilter: How to restrict commands available to users who connect to a Linux box for file transfer, presumably via SSH? [more inside]
posted by adipocere at 8:42 AM PST - 13 comments

How to extract metadata from a CD

Is there a program that can extract all of the metadata including ISRC codes from an audio CD in my drive? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe at 8:24 AM PST - 2 comments

Function Follows Form

I'm looking for examples that turn the aphorism "form follows function" on its head. The idea that functions can be inspired by new forms. [more inside]
posted by Jeff Howard at 8:18 AM PST - 24 comments

Not just a father but a dad

Daddy-daughter advice, or what can you tell me that you've learned? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter at 7:54 AM PST - 74 comments

No happy endings...

I've never been to a spa or had a 'real' massage...but I want to now. What can I expect? [more inside]
posted by eas98 at 7:43 AM PST - 22 comments

MS Publisher to Mac?

Client sent me a bunch of MS Publisher files...I'm on a mac. [more inside]
posted by j.p. Hung at 7:37 AM PST - 9 comments

Short trip suggestions?

The SO and I have been dating for over a year, and we have yet to take a vacation somewhere. I want to know if he and I travel well together, so I need a suggestion of a good city to visit for a long weekend (three days, four max) in the middle of November or December. Parameters inside. [more inside]
posted by bibbit at 7:33 AM PST - 25 comments

Fleur-de-lis branding

Why would criminals have been branded 'Fleurdeliser': Hollyband 1593: Fleurdeliser, to burne one with an hot floure-de luce betweene the shoulders, when the Fleur-de-lis was employed by the French monarchy as a symbol of faith, wisdom and chivalry?
posted by tellurian at 6:27 AM PST - 6 comments

Why does hot tea have a [much] different flavor than bottled tea?

Why does hot tea have a [much] different flavor than bottled or sweet tea? [more inside]
posted by trinarian at 6:26 AM PST - 17 comments

Discovering a WEP key in XP

In Windows XP, is there any way of discovering the WEP key that is saved for a particular wireless connection? [more inside]
posted by blue mustard at 6:06 AM PST - 14 comments

Where can I buy microsd to minisd converters in the Sydney area?

SydneySiders Filter: Where can I buy microsd to minisd converters in the Sydney area? [more inside]
posted by ranglin at 6:05 AM PST - 2 comments

What's the cutest $50 thing in the world?

What's the cutest thing in the world? [more inside]
posted by symbebekos at 5:56 AM PST - 39 comments

Easiest way to legally work in Canada?

How hard would it be for a US Citizen to immigrate to Canada? There is, of course [more inside]
posted by irishkitten at 5:38 AM PST - 9 comments

Troubleshooting Adobe Breeze problem

Has any on had problems with Adobe Breeze 5.1 Presentations made with audio not playing in IE? [more inside]
posted by frogmoses at 4:55 AM PST - 4 comments

Which DLP or Rear Projection HDTV should i buy?

Im looking to purchase a DLP or Rear Projection HDTV, which brand is the best?
posted by flipmiester99 at 4:28 AM PST - 5 comments

Can you remember this arcade game?

I fondly remember an arcade game from my childhood at the local junk-food kiosk, but I can not remember the name. I have tried to search Google, but I have not found anything. The game, as I remember it, was a side-scrolling shoot ‘em up. You flew planes (1 player or 2 players) and on the ground beneath you dinosaurs where actively trying to kill you with their prehistoric might. [more inside]
posted by Grums at 2:53 AM PST - 4 comments

Food for Faulkner

Food for Faulkner: My boyfriend just suggested we go on a road trip this Sunday to Rowan Oak, Faulkner's old digs, to celebrate his finishing The Sound and the Fury recently. I would like to pack a picnic lunch, or some kind of car-friendly food, and it just occurred to me it'd make me a super duper brilliant girlfriend if I could think of something Faulkner related. Best would be food mentioned in his books, but even something related to Faulkner's life would be cool. [more inside]
posted by ifjuly at 2:27 AM PST - 17 comments

Will an ipod display international characters?

How does the new gen ipod handle international characters in ID3 tags of an mp3 file? [more inside]
posted by the cydonian at 1:35 AM PST - 5 comments

Where should I contribute?

So, not that it matters, but, were I to make a paltry political contribution, what would be the most strategic fund for a donation? [more inside]
posted by cytherea at 1:04 AM PST - 16 comments

Chinese Branch Time

I want a Chinese wristwatch. [more inside]
posted by RavinDave at 12:54 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I get a judge to marry me on the weekend in GA?

Which Georgia judges preform weddings (on the weekends, at venues, not the courtroom)? Does anyone have recommedations for a good one? [more inside]
posted by gte910h at 12:46 AM PST - 3 comments

October 18

What would Sun Tzu say?

Help me be the win at paintball. [more inside]
posted by oxford blue at 11:43 PM PST - 16 comments

Can a minor accept a document from a process server?

Is it legally binding in the state of Washington for a minor to accept a document delivered by a process server? [more inside]
posted by jeffbarr at 10:55 PM PST - 7 comments

How do I freelance in France?

What's the easiest way for a Canadian citizen to live and work in France for a few years earning a living doing freelance web work? [more inside]
posted by futureproof at 10:38 PM PST - 10 comments

Help me with my White Balance problem.

I've been having a bit of problem getting my WB set just right on my new 30D. I think the canon's have a tendency to AUTOWB a bit too cool for my taste. I'm thinking about getting an Expodisc or something like it. Do they really work as well as the advertising says in setting your custom White Balance? Could I achieve the same effect by putting tissue paper or tracing paper on the lens while setting Custom WB? Help!
posted by damiano99 at 10:15 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me be a bettor juror than Pauly Shore

I just recieved a summons to appear for jury duty in Williamson County, TX, at the end of this month. I've read a lot of the first page of google results for "jury duty", but I am hoping that my favorite (ask)mefites can give me a more personal view of their experiences with jury duty. [more inside]
posted by negative1 at 10:06 PM PST - 25 comments

So I wanna get a ferret.

So I wanna get a ferret. Am I making a mistake? Should I get a kitten instead? [more inside]
posted by kzin602 at 10:00 PM PST - 23 comments

Got Rain Forest?

Pacific Northwesterners headed to Costa Rica on a Honeymoon, any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Smarson at 9:48 PM PST - 12 comments

Valencia Street Parking

In San Francisco, CA, on Valencia Street, in the Mission, I've noticed that many people park in the turn lane. Is this legal? [more inside]
posted by mto at 9:41 PM PST - 13 comments

How do journalists find 'regular people' when they profile them for public interest articles?

How do journalists find 'regular people' when they profile them for public interest articles? [more inside]
posted by teem at 9:25 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I get rid of a mystery blank space in Firefox?

What is the mysterious blank space that occasionally shows up at the top of my Firefox window, and how can I get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by bdk3clash at 8:46 PM PST - 11 comments

Do I confess to Uncle Sam?

I'm thinking about applying for a government job in a field which would almost certainly require a backgound check. I've toked up. Am I screwed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:57 PM PST - 30 comments

What to do in Spokane this week-end....

What is there to do with a 17-year-old son when visiting Spokane, Washington this week-end (Friday, 10/20 through Sunday morning 10/22)? We'll have a car. Thanks
posted by rabbus at 7:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Cornell WP template

A watermark to add lines in a word processing template? [more inside]
posted by yclipse at 6:33 PM PST - 1 comment

Sexy Web Based Wishlist Services

I'm looking for a slick, web 2.0-esque, well designed wishlist site. [more inside]
posted by JPowers at 6:24 PM PST - 11 comments

Moste Odiferouse Emissione

I'm looking for some (free) stock art borders to use on certificates that I'm printing on the computer (like this). [more inside]
posted by rossination at 6:22 PM PST - 3 comments

Help me decide whether to have a baby or study medicine first.

My partner and I really want to procreate. I also want to go to medical school. I've spoken to friends about this, to gather several schools-of-thought that might be useful in making some kind of decision as to the timing of these two things. Now I'm turning to you. Which should we do first? [more inside]
posted by mjao at 5:54 PM PST - 49 comments

Giving to charity without getting junk mail?

Is there a way to donate money to charity without ending up on junk mail lists?
posted by blakeleyh at 5:50 PM PST - 14 comments

Has the Apple Records logo ever been used prominently on the outside of an album cover?

Has the Apple Records logo ever been used prominently on the outside of an album cover? (I'm specifically interested in LPs -- it cannot be a CD or DVD cover.) [more inside]
posted by scody at 4:46 PM PST - 9 comments

Who will retrofit my house?

I want to retrofit my early-60's rambler so it's less likely to kill me during an earthquake (and so I can get earthquake insurance). Any recommendations for companies or contractors in the Seattle area?
posted by The corpse in the library at 4:36 PM PST - 4 comments

What happened to the store Natural Wonders?

Does anyone know where I might be able to find a CD called "Thunderstorms" that was sold and manufactured by the now-defunct store Natural Wonders? [more inside]
posted by awegz at 4:14 PM PST - 8 comments

What is this crime game I played

GamesFilter: When I was small I used to play a side-scrolling crime game, but I can't remember what it was called. [more inside]
posted by nakedsushi at 4:10 PM PST - 2 comments

Where can I get good, free, Podcast hosting?

I am looking for a free service to host my podcasts. Ideally Id like a ton of storage space (unlimited if possible) to host all episodes. I host redundant copies of my podcast (enhanced, nonenhanced, etc) Anybody know of any good services for this?
posted by reverenddrjice at 4:02 PM PST - 4 comments

Help me Brits!

Where can I find recordings of Zappa influenced Sons of Mr. Greengenes, former band of alt-movie heartthrob Cillian Murphy? (As far as I know they never released anything, but they played for a few years and were offered a record deal, so there have got to be Demo tapes somewhere!)
posted by serazin at 3:51 PM PST - 1 comment

Help me stop my computer from locking up and/or rebooting!

My computer keeps locking up and/or rebooting! Help me find the problem. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 at 3:49 PM PST - 31 comments

tar on my car :(

I drove through a work area today and my car is covered in tar. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by (lambda (x) x) at 3:40 PM PST - 14 comments

How to capture photos from an online Flash slideshow?

How can I capture a photo from an online Flash slideshow? Yahoo! News and the WashPost use these slideshows and I'd love to be able to capture one or more pics. Any info appreciated.
posted by the sobsister at 3:37 PM PST - 18 comments

How should I fix a bent Powerbook casing?

Part of my Powerbook's aluminum casing is bent, keeping me from plugging in an external monitor. Is this a DIY, an Apple store fix, or am I just SOL? [more inside]
posted by spaceman_spiff at 3:25 PM PST - 8 comments

Can I sell a custom-built MAME cabinet?

Selling custom MAME cabinets legally? [more inside]
posted by saraswati at 3:25 PM PST - 9 comments

Am I Drupal or Not?

What are the downsides to using Drupal versus a roll-your-own framework in a high-traffic commerce site that will need to be customised quite a bit in the future? [more inside]
posted by melt away at 2:52 PM PST - 10 comments

More stone knives, more bear skins...

What is the best browser to use to access Gmail from a Mac running OS 9? [more inside]
posted by mzurer at 2:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Quark tips?

Quark tips for high-school newspaper crash course in layout, design, and editing? [more inside]
posted by mothershock at 2:47 PM PST - 12 comments

Save deleted files?

WinXP Filter: Does anyone know of a program to make files deleted from network drives go to Recycle Bin rather than vanish?
posted by Cosine at 2:39 PM PST - 3 comments

How do I get my domain name back?

Help me get back my domain name. It was stolen. [more inside]
posted by sour cream at 2:39 PM PST - 11 comments

Is there a way to back up the songs on my iPod to a USB flash drive?

Is there a way to back up the songs on my iPod to a USB flash drive?
posted by zembla3 at 2:19 PM PST - 5 comments

How are your dad's goats? My dad has goats too...

What to say to Barack Obama over lunch? [more inside]
posted by rmless at 2:16 PM PST - 27 comments

Flexinode or CCK or ?

DrupalGurus: Flexinode, or CCK? [more inside]
posted by bricoleur at 1:50 PM PST - 3 comments

Drowning in debt

I've got around $8000 in credit card debts, my minimum payments are costing me as much as my rent, and the interest rates are so high that I'm not gaining any ground. Help! [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin at 1:49 PM PST - 30 comments

I want to do something real

I have a fresh B.S. in Computer Science, and I'm currently in graduate school. And I hate it. But, I want to do research. Can you help me find a "side door" into corporate R&D? Alternatively, add to my list of R&D labs. [more inside]
posted by Netzapper at 1:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Help me be a better college instructor

They say good teachers beg, borrow and steal from one another, so I'm asking you for ideas. I'm teaching a college-level reporting and editorial writing class this spring. I've taught it before, but I'm looking for new and creative ideas to make things interesting. I'm also looking for some techniques to ward off/prevent bad habits--I've had problems in the past with students pushing the attendance policy, and problems of the "but I e-mailed my paper to you! You didn't get it?" variety. [more inside]
posted by printchick at 1:38 PM PST - 13 comments

What is this pill?

What is this pill? Oval, largeish, yellow with brown specks, and a capital "V" imprint. [more inside]
posted by Betty_effn_White at 1:31 PM PST - 13 comments

Marathon Runner's Care Package, help please!

My roomate will be running in her first marathon this weekend and she is getting the jitters. To help her out (emotionally) I want to put together a " care package" for her flight (cross country) and/or the time before/after the race. What can a put together (low cost- Im a grad student) that will give her heart the urge to run, her mind some confidence and will just let her know I'm thinking of her?
posted by Meemer at 1:17 PM PST - 10 comments

What kind of glue do I need?

How can I glue a photo behind perspex? [more inside]
posted by szechuan at 1:00 PM PST - 10 comments

high-speed drive

I bought some CD-RWs and noticed that they're for "high-speed drives only." Does anyone now if the internal drive on an iBook G4 qualifies?
posted by dearleader at 12:41 PM PST - 6 comments

Graphically editing multi-page PDFs

Graphically editing multi-page PDFs quickly (erasing things, mostly) [more inside]
posted by anonymoose at 12:38 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me fix my heater

I have an old furnace in my home that I can't get working. Now that summer is over, I'd like to run the heater again, but the burners won't ignite. I've just replaced the thermocouple and that didn't seem to help. It seems it will cost ~$100 to just get a diagnosis. If I could narrow down what was wrong, I might be able to fix it myself. Any ideas? I can post photos if that will help.
posted by shaneflyer at 12:22 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking For Bald Geeks Fictional/Nonfictional

Can you list any bald famous (semi-famous is OK) geeks? Could be fictional or nonfictional. Must be bald for other reasons then making a statement, character role or health reasons..... [more inside]
posted by bleucube at 12:13 PM PST - 32 comments

I need help with counting.

I got the job. Now I need a little help with it. Someone I briefly worked under while at this job has posed a Microsoft Access question to me. I understand a good amount of Access but this was immediately over my head. I told her that I would see what I could find out for her. [more inside]
posted by horseblind at 12:12 PM PST - 11 comments

SMS Shortcode

I'm interested in getting my own sms shortcode in the US. I have no clue about anything else involved in the technology or where to even start the search. Does anyone have some good resources to understand the technology and leads on how to go about purchasing the shortcode? OS X solutions preferred.
posted by jab at 12:07 PM PST - 5 comments

Management: means do not meet ends

I'm looking for a term for (and famous/interesting examples of) the crisis situation that occurs in an organization when the standards to which employees are held for "success" become separated (by management policies) from the ends that the organization is actually trying to achieve. In other words: Employee X "succeeds" when completing Y task, even though Y does not contribute to the effectiveness of the overall mission. For instance, Enron. Is there a term for this? Something dissonance? Other famous examples?
posted by greggish at 12:05 PM PST - 12 comments

Need an artsy yet simple web design firm in NYC

I'm looking for a small, arts/music oriented web design firm to design a webpage for a retail shop with web sales (preference for firms located in NYC). Any recommendations? I don't need/want any crazy flash animations, just simple, classy, musical, yet somewhat hip, if that makes any sense. Just for reference, I very much enjoy the look and feel of the Enja Records website.
posted by mfherman at 11:54 AM PST - 4 comments

A Fun Trick-or-Treat House

How can I make trick-or-treating a fun experience for the kids who come to my door, without doing something time-consuming? [more inside]
posted by pricklypear at 11:49 AM PST - 44 comments

Alone in a hotel room

Photofilter: in a college history of photography class I remember seeing some slides from a color photographer who took pictures of lonely-looking people in hotel rooms. One in particular was a man, fully clothed, sitting on the edge of a bed in what was obviously a mid-price motel room. There was a sort of pale green cast to the shot. Anybody know who the photographer is?
posted by rossmeissl at 11:44 AM PST - 10 comments

Mucus, is it better to spit or swallow?

When engaging in a high aerobic activity that causes mucus to build up, is it better to swallow the mucus or spit it out? [more inside]
posted by birdlips at 11:39 AM PST - 15 comments

feel the stretch!

ear piercing/stretching question inside & a good piercing shop in nyc? [more inside]
posted by whatitis at 11:10 AM PST - 14 comments

Why is GMail locking up on me?

GMail keeps locking up on me for a couple seconds at a time. What gives? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 at 11:04 AM PST - 7 comments

Help! I'm wasting half my day filling out the same forms over and over...

I fill out a lot of the same postal form, just with small amounts of different information in it. This form needs to be printed out a couple dozen times a day. Is it possible to dreates a PDF in Acrobat or Indesign that has a user-fillable text box that will show up when printed? I'm currently just editing and printing a Word doc, which is less than ideal.
posted by clango at 10:47 AM PST - 9 comments

Plug me in.

I just came into possession of two beautiful 'Snell Type E' loudspeakers. Am I gonna be able to hook them into my standard modern day stereo component? I don't recognize the plugs--anyone know what cables i will need?
posted by snortlebort at 10:23 AM PST - 5 comments

What am I doing wrong, I lift weights, but don't get stronger.

Fitness Filter: Please help. When I lift weights, I lift to failure but still see no gains in size or ability to lift. This also applies to push-ups and sit ups. [more inside]
posted by Ezrie at 10:12 AM PST - 31 comments

I can't eat crunchy foods anymore!

I have a lump directly below my mandible and best of all, it grow to over 3 times it's size when I eat...crunchy foods. [more inside]
posted by killyb at 10:10 AM PST - 14 comments

Name my homemade PVC skeleton

Clever-naming filter: We need a punny name for a home-made halloween decoration. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep at 9:59 AM PST - 17 comments

Plantronics headset to normal phone converter.

I need help trying to "hack" a Plantronics headset with a quickdisconnect connector to work on a "regular" phone. [more inside]
posted by PowerCat at 9:58 AM PST - 2 comments

GRE Literature Subject Test

A friend of mine is taking the GRE English Literature Subject test in a couple weeks. She was an English major in undergraduate. Any tips on a quick study plan? [more inside]
posted by mammary16 at 9:27 AM PST - 7 comments

Help me get paid to be a book nerd.

PublishingJobsFilter: I am trying to land a job in the book publishing industry in New York, and it's been a fairly daunting process so far. Please hold my hand. [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic at 9:24 AM PST - 25 comments

Now we know better...

The world isn't flat and pluto isn't a planet. What are some other things that the majority of the population were taught, believed, or were led to believe that we have since found out otherwise? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore at 9:15 AM PST - 62 comments

Cool sites for "Tweens?"

Looking for cool, well-designed sites for "tweens." [more inside]
posted by cusack at 9:12 AM PST - 4 comments

Skunked or not?

Cribbage expertise sought for peculiar situation. [more inside]
posted by fish tick at 9:10 AM PST - 7 comments

Software for writing poetry?

Has anyone seen software for writing formal poetry? [more inside]
posted by pracowity at 8:43 AM PST - 10 comments

How did people get around in 1800?

What was the predominant means of transportation for the common american man in 1800? [more inside]
posted by davidvan at 7:14 AM PST - 20 comments

Know any good Bush jokes?

So George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Kim Jong-Il walk into a bar... [more inside]
posted by wfrgms at 6:50 AM PST - 25 comments

MacFilter: What procedures would allow a User directory to exist on an external hard drive?

MacFilter: What procedures would allow a User directory to exist on an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by Colloquial Collision at 6:49 AM PST - 9 comments

I need a birthday cake (in London)!

I need a birthday cake for Friday (Sat morning at the latest). Doesn't have to be anything exciting, just something that can feed about 20 people, and says 'Happy Birthday' on it. I live in London - where on earth would I go to get such a thing? I guess I could try large supermarkets, but there aren't many in central London, and it would be nice to get something 'handmade', by a decent bakery. All suggestions gratefully recieved!
posted by ascullion at 6:47 AM PST - 10 comments

Need a vacation cell phone

I will be going to Thailand for most of the month of January and I was wondering if anyone could recomend a cell phone provider for the month that I could use to call back home to the states. I would like to be able to talk for roughly 10-20 hours and spend less than $100 (including the phone) if possible.
posted by thebwit at 5:42 AM PST - 13 comments

Savings in international flight taxes from Australia

Get me off this hemisphere! Help me find cheap(er) flights out of Australia to Europe. Price are reasonable until taxes come into play (+25%). Is there a way around this? Help me beat the taxes and get a better deal! [more inside]
posted by mule at 5:36 AM PST - 11 comments

What are the canary islands like?

Where should we go for new year? Egypt? Canary islands? Anywhere else? What are these places really like? Criteria and... [more inside]
posted by handee at 5:02 AM PST - 18 comments

Where can I find out of copyright botanical engravings?

Where can I find copyright/royalty-free botanical engravings? I'm looking more images like those on the last page of The Grammar of Ornament. Printed catalogues, modern (copyright/royalty-free) books, or antique books that I can scan are fine (I have access to one of the UK's desposit libraries). Online sources would ideally be at a high-resolution suitable for printing, but if they're lo-res, I'd still love to take a look. Like I say, I'm particularly interested in botanical images, but sources of anything decorative and ca. 19th century are very welcome. Sadly, I can't use advertising, text or images of people.
posted by caek at 3:58 AM PST - 9 comments

Is it common for US Americans to incorrectly assume that Russian is only spoken in Russia

Is it common for Americans to incorrectly assume that Russian is only spoken in Russia but forget that it is also a common language in the former Soviet states? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 at 2:37 AM PST - 38 comments

Mating call of the barking spider is getting deeper

Umm how do I put this? When I was younger, the trouser trumpet used to sound and feel crisp and fast but now that Im older its become more like a tuba - sort of full and airy and slow. What's happening back there? Should I be worried? (FYI it's only ever handled the usual one-way traffic.)
posted by zaebiz at 2:37 AM PST - 23 comments

Yuma, AZ exercise - run, lift, and box

Where is a good place to work out and run in Yuma, AZ? [more inside]
posted by bangitliketmac at 1:30 AM PST - 3 comments

what's the name for this weird japanese stripper fecal phenomenon?

what's the name for the japanese practice in which strippers eat fruit and nuts all day and subsequently let their male clientele eat their feces? a friend is trying to a) verify that this is an actual phenomenon and b) find out the term for it
posted by k7lim at 12:25 AM PST - 15 comments

October 17

Health Insurance for $200?

Min-Max Health Insurance for $200 [more inside]
posted by cschneid at 11:53 PM PST - 10 comments

Getting laid without getting HPV

Other than abstinence, condoms and being careful, if there anything that can be done to help avoid catching HPV? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:48 PM PST - 23 comments

How do i get my partner to get a job?

How do i get my partner to get a job? [more inside]
posted by Nik_Doof at 11:38 PM PST - 9 comments

How can I get my white sheets white again?

How can I get my white sheets, er, white again? [more inside]
posted by autojack at 11:10 PM PST - 12 comments

Don't tell Scotty.

Friends' exes are off-limits, right? Aren't you supposed to clear it with your friend before you make a move on his ex? [more inside]
posted by emelenjr at 10:16 PM PST - 49 comments


Recommendations for good explanations of waves and vibrations. I'm taking a college-level course (includes DiffEQ and some linear algebra) on the physics of waves, and it's completely stumping me. I need help parsing the topic as a whole. Much [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 10:15 PM PST - 12 comments

What is needed to solemnize a marriage in Florida?

So a family friends wants me to solemnize their marriage....what needs to be done? [more inside]
posted by richter_x at 9:45 PM PST - 5 comments

What should I tell him?

I may have health information about someone that I don't want to have. Should I disclose? How on earth do I approach it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:38 PM PST - 20 comments

Stable and safe or.... the unknown?

Should my boyfriend and I break up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:36 PM PST - 31 comments


Will I be able to buy a Wii on the 19th of November with out much trouble? Or will I being kicking and fighting with parents trying to buy one for their kids, like what happened with the Tickle me Elmo a few years back? [more inside]
posted by Beaufort at 9:20 PM PST - 15 comments

How do I convert CorelDraw files?

How do I convert a CorelDraw (.cdr) file into a more open format (pdf, jpeg, bmp, ANYTHING).
posted by Maia at 8:53 PM PST - 8 comments

Was I right about Archimedes?

Does a 'water bridge' (like the one in Magdeburg, Germany) have to be strong enough to carry both the water and the ship travelling upon it? Or, thanks to displacement, does it only need to be strong enough to carry the water? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherGuy at 8:51 PM PST - 12 comments

HT verify timestamp of an email?

I received an assignment by email from a student five days after it was due. The 'sent' date on the email is the day the assignment was due, but the 'received' date was five days later. Can I verify the real time the message was originally sent from the email header (below)? If not, if the email originated from a university address, should the IT staff be able to get the information? Thanks MeFi. [more inside]
posted by mdion at 8:50 PM PST - 55 comments

Flunking a college course

Flunking a college course, what to do? [more inside]
posted by yodelingisfun at 8:38 PM PST - 23 comments

Celebrity star maps of london?

Are there celebrity star maps of london? [more inside]
posted by priorpark17 at 8:05 PM PST - 5 comments

How can I get my dog ready for puppy camp?

How can I and my dog best cope with leaving her at a dog boarding place for two weeks? Dog has "issues" and perhaps so do I. [more inside]
posted by xetere at 7:55 PM PST - 9 comments

Have you ever flown a very long distance with a baby?

Anyone flown extremely long distances with an infant? We're planning to fly to Thailand from NYC with an 11-month-old and I'm wondering if it's best to fly direct and get it over with in one long ugly trip or fly with stops in Seattle and Taiwan so baby (and we) can get a break for a bit. There's a little more info inside. [more inside]
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 7:30 PM PST - 21 comments

30d with adobe bridge preview problems

i'm using adobe bridge as my image browser as opposed to photo mechanic and iview, etc. i need to very meticuously organize a large amount of photos (10gigs) with many keywords, etc. problem is that i use a canon 30d and when i open the raw (CR2) images in bridge the jpeg preview does not come up. just the standard CR2 icon. i've tried downloading all the latest updates and still have no luck. any suggestions?
posted by slowtree at 7:26 PM PST - 1 comment

Obviously, I'm not a golfer

In the intro to The Big Lebowski, a monologue by The Stranger (which I have more or less memorized), he says "See, they call Los Angeles the "City Of Angels"; but I didn't find it to be that, exactly. But I'll allow it as there are some nice folks there. 'Course I ain't never been to London, and I ain't never seen France. And I ain't never seen no queen in her damned undies, so the feller says. But I'll tell you what - after seeing Los Angeles, and this here story I'm about to unfold, well, I guess I seen somethin' every bit as stupefyin' as you'd seen in any of them other places. And in English, too." What is the allusion being made with "the queen in her damned undies" and who is the feller who said so?
posted by jimfl at 7:23 PM PST - 11 comments

Best Probabilty and Statistics textbook?

If you were to buy just one text on probability and statistics (and their applications) that covers the subjects in some depth (building from an introductory college level, through advanced undergraduate to a graduate level and perhaps further) and does a good job of making the basic concepts clear with solved examples (employing those drawn from actual research), which one would you choose?
posted by sk381 at 7:22 PM PST - 2 comments

Examples of grad student NSF proposals?

My friend is putting together a National Science Foundation proposal, and is looking for examples of other Ph. D. (or doctoral/maters) students' NSF proposals. Any ideas or resources would be greatly appreciated.
posted by stewiethegreat at 7:21 PM PST - 7 comments

PATA or SATA for an enclosed drive?

If I'm buying a hard disk which will be put into an external enclosure (most likely a 320Gb Seagate), connected via USB2 (not eSATA), is there ANY practical difference (apart from the $5-10 price difference) between picking PATA or SATA?
posted by pompomtom at 7:19 PM PST - 12 comments

how do I buy a vegan suit?

How do I buy a vegan suit? [more inside]
posted by illegiblemess at 7:09 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I take the CMOS battery out of a laptop?

How do I take the CMOS battery out of a laptop? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 at 7:08 PM PST - 3 comments

I'm positive I have HPPD: now what can I do about it?

Lucyintheskieswithdiamondsfilter: I'm pretty sure I'm suffering from HPPD. What can I do about it? [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 at 6:55 PM PST - 21 comments

Good spot to leave luggage in Berkeley?

Is there a good spot to leave luggage in Berkeley for a few hours? [more inside]
posted by mpemulis at 6:45 PM PST - 4 comments

Have I given my hangnails mono, and if so is it safe to masturbate?

I've got mono. Mono is in your saliva. I'm a nail biter. Did I manage to infect my finger wounds with the virus, and what does that mean for my general health and my poor battered hands? [more inside]
posted by modernpoverty at 6:44 PM PST - 9 comments

Anime collectables shopping in San Francisco?

Headed to San Francisco in a couple of weeks for a vacation, and would like recommendations for good stores that stock anime collectables and/or Japanese pop culture stuff in general... [more inside]
posted by May Kasahara at 6:39 PM PST - 7 comments

How can income stratification in the US be changed?

How can income stratification in the US be changed? [more inside]
posted by mintchip at 6:03 PM PST - 36 comments

Awesome First Date: The Sequel!

I need ideas for an awesome second date. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 5:23 PM PST - 35 comments

Help my little sister get married in a non-redneck way.

My sister is having trouble finding someone to marry her and her fiance in the Gastonia/Charlotte, North Carolina area. Help! See extended explanation. [more inside]
posted by katyggls at 5:20 PM PST - 15 comments

A better PowerPoint?

What is the best presentation software out there? I use PowerPoint on a weekly basis right now and I would like to "up" my game with better video and sound clips. Can anyone recommend an alternative.
posted by jestonb at 4:56 PM PST - 20 comments

Could going to court over my security deposit hurt my credit?

Security Deposit Dispute: Will going to court hurt my credit? [more inside]
posted by Xalf at 4:40 PM PST - 10 comments

Did I fry my SuperDrive?

Did I fry my SuperDrive? [more inside]
posted by felix betachat at 4:40 PM PST - 7 comments

peanut butter, i think i hate you...

i'm sick of peanut butter sandwiches! vegan lunch ideas? with [more inside]
posted by kendrak at 4:25 PM PST - 29 comments

Law and Order UK theme

What's the music used as the theme for Law and Order on five in the UK? It's also used in a trailer for one of the Matrix sequels - here [WMV], music from 1:41 — 2:14.
posted by matthewr at 4:05 PM PST - 4 comments

You are here. We are not.

Why do some search engines allow you to search blank queries? [more inside]
posted by snailer at 3:51 PM PST - 3 comments

Smack Smack Blam Blam

Trying to find a Flash game that I played a good couple of years ago. It was one of your average sidescrolling fighting games, pitting you against a bunch of baddies, with the somewhat unique catch that nobody had any arms, just hands. [more inside]
posted by cyrusdogstar at 3:48 PM PST - 4 comments

Keychain access via OS X cli

Is there any way to access one's OS X Keychain via the command line? [more inside]
posted by action man bow-tie at 2:27 PM PST - 4 comments

What is this bone?

This bone was found on a Cape Cod, Massachusetts beach this week. It is about 3" tall and about 3" from tip to tip of the "horns." It looks like a vertebra of some type, but I can find no images of similar ones online. Any marine biologists out there care to tell me what kind of a bone it is? Other images inside. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady at 2:13 PM PST - 11 comments

Recipes in a wok.

What are your favorite recipes for cooking in a wok? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis at 2:00 PM PST - 7 comments

C'mon, baby, mama needs a new pair of... cocoa samples?

FreebieFilter: Looking for adult (as in more mature, not R-Rated) freebie sites like TeenFreeway on the web! [more inside]
posted by Glitter Ninja at 1:57 PM PST - 3 comments

Darling, I'm a programmer, not a TV/VCR repair-person.

What is this TV-connector? [more inside]
posted by Sallysings at 1:56 PM PST - 13 comments

Mailing List Hacks?

Is there an simple/free way to list all of the residential mailing address surrounding a specific address or within a specific postal code area? (ie. What are all of the residential mailing addresses within a 1 mile radius of 123 Main St., Anytown USA?). I know that I can always purchase a mailing list, etc. but I was hoping someone knew of a clever way to find this information online. I do not need the residents name, just the mailing address. Any suggestions?
posted by randex8 at 1:37 PM PST - 7 comments

I Want to Drink Red Wine Again

I get migraines from MSG (including many "hidden sources"), meat cured with nitrates, and red wine (I think tannins or sulfites or something). As long as I avoid those triggers, I'm relatively headache-free. However, I really love red wine. I haven't had it for about 4 years, and I miss it. Are there types of wines that are better than others for keeping headaches at bay? Organic or certain types?
posted by abbyladybug at 1:24 PM PST - 10 comments

How to disable apache logging?

How do you disable access logging in Apache2? [more inside]
posted by SpecialK at 1:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Give up on a lost cat?

PetPsychologyFilter: Our 8 year old cat disappeared a few weeks ago. We've done (most of) the usual stuff. Should I keep looking? [more inside]
posted by epersonae at 1:19 PM PST - 17 comments

What the heck is a "Chi-ron"?

In last night's episode of Studio 60, Cal mentioned something sounding like Chi-ron (or Kai ron) as part of the preshow checklist they were running through. I remember hearing this same word a few times on Sports Night. What is it? [more inside]
posted by rorycberger at 1:18 PM PST - 7 comments

Staff appreciation event on a (tiny) budget

What would you do if you were asked to plan the following event for 250 people on a budget of $500?: "... a staff appreciation event celebrating the past year's accomplishments and anticipating future directions. Includes the following tasks: scheduling event, reserving location, setting agenda, arranging for speakers, ordering and purchasing refreshments, publicizing event, and handling setup and cleanup." [more inside]
posted by jay_wiese at 1:16 PM PST - 29 comments

Automate Buzzword Bingo?

To alleviate the boredom of sitting through lectures, I've decided to create a buzzword bingo game to play with my classmates. I’m looking for a program that can automate the game for me as much as possible…read on, there’s [more inside]
posted by Charlie Brown at 1:14 PM PST - 5 comments

Why oh why won't my laptop behave?

My laptop isn't getting along with it's power supply. I thought it was the power supply, but apparently not. Help please! [more inside]
posted by JonahBlack at 12:57 PM PST - 11 comments

How do I switch legal fields?

I'm a lawyer who's practiced for five years; how do I start over in a brand new field of law? Corollary: I have no law firm experience - my legal experience is all with state government. Is it possible to start over as a first-year associate with a law firm? How? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man at 12:35 PM PST - 9 comments

Low fat, taste-disguising celeriac recipies

I've got four heads of celeriac - a veg that I'm not particularly fond of. Instead of wasting them, I'm after low-fat recipes that will use them up and help disguise the taste.
posted by TheDonF at 12:34 PM PST - 12 comments

How do I color a comic to look like a comic from the 1970s or 80s?

I'm coloring a comic and I want it to look like 1970s or 80s Marvel comics, or Archie digests. [more inside]
posted by apetpsychic at 12:20 PM PST - 14 comments

tv to teaching

I work as an Editor Producer in cable news. I've been thinking about moving on so I can have more time with my family, holidays, etc... I'm interested in teaching fine arts at a university level. I have over a decade spent in television but I don't have a masters. I am willing to earn one. Has anyone out there made this transition?
posted by Shanachie at 11:28 AM PST - 10 comments

Can I "borrow" a copyrighted thing?

How does copyright work when the material is in a library? Specifically, I'm thinking of the contents of a CD-ROM that is supplied with a book on computer skills. There are presets on the CD that the owner of the book can install and use in the program under discussion, and these are copyrighted. But the book is in the library... Can I use the presets as a borrower?
posted by dpcoffin at 11:28 AM PST - 4 comments

How should Thai curries taste?

I'm trying to make Thai curry, but I don't have any reliable points of reference - is it supposed to taste like this? [more inside]
posted by ny_scotsman at 11:21 AM PST - 15 comments

IDM in SF?

Where can I hear IDM in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by four panels at 11:16 AM PST - 8 comments

Medical Device malfunctions

Does anyone know much about IV Patient Controlled Analgesia pumps? Specifically regarding device errors? [more inside]
posted by engling at 11:00 AM PST - 6 comments

Remember "Our End of the Attic"?

Anybody recall a children's show called "Our End of the Attic," from the seventies or eighties? There seems to be no trace of its past existence, anywhere on the internets. [more inside]
posted by jayder at 10:52 AM PST - 6 comments

Is that a veto in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?

I just wanted to check this. Didn't Bush pocket veto the "interrogation bill?" And if he didn't, why didn't that happen? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 10:34 AM PST - 4 comments

Gift ideas for second wedding anniversary?

What are your suggestions for a second wedding anniversary gift? [more inside]
posted by melimelo at 10:16 AM PST - 7 comments

Airport Network and other noise.. what happened?

U.S. airport question. I seem to recall in the late 1990s that airport gate areas were showered with the cyclic noise of CNN Airport Network coming from TVs everywhere. Having flown recently it seems like something's changed... gate areas (at least the ones I've seen) have been really quiet and devoid of TVs. Is this trend I'm seeing for real? Or do some airports continue to pipe in programming / entertainment / noise / whatever?
posted by hodyoaten at 9:44 AM PST - 21 comments

I am looking to do voice over work. Where do I start?

People keep telling me that I should get into voice-over work. And not just one or two of my friends, like random people that I talk to and at least twice a week. Where do I start for something like that? [more inside]
posted by Botunda at 9:42 AM PST - 15 comments

Kosher gift

Friends are moving from London to San Francisco today. I want to send something to their hotel room for when they arrive. They're kosher. Can anyone recommend somewhere that'll deliver something (a) delicious (b) kosher (c) suitable for two jetlagged people with a baby to an address in central SF, ideally with a website? [more inside]
posted by Hogshead at 9:22 AM PST - 8 comments

Damn you Itunes 7

Itunes deleted all my playlists and ratings, but they are still on my ipod. Is there anyway to retreive them back onto itunes? [more inside]
posted by nyu2 at 9:11 AM PST - 17 comments

How can I add a button to the iTunes GUI on Windows?

I recently downloaded this tool called Qloud and noticed to my delight that it installed a button on my iTunes GUI. Not only that but they create their own view/window with a list of playlists and songs. How can I hack the iTunes GUI to do that?
posted by jeff_w_welch at 9:03 AM PST - 4 comments

Tinfoil, fillings and robots?

Bookfilter: I remember a kid being misled into thinking you're a robot (or some kind of cyborg) if it hurts when you chew on tinfoil. There's [more inside]
posted by shownomercy at 8:29 AM PST - 1 comment

Help me find people with l33t s|

I need to find a basic computer literacy/skills test to download. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by JonnyRotten at 8:24 AM PST - 4 comments

Encrypting files and obscuring the filenames too?

How can I store files on an untrusted linux server such that only I can read them - and such that only I know what they are? I'd like the files to be encrypted and the filenames not to reflect the contents. [more inside]
posted by dmd at 8:17 AM PST - 15 comments

Fake leather jacket? In NYC?

FashionFilter: Where can I buy an imitation leather men's jacket that doesn't look stupid? Do such things exist? I like leather a lot from the appearance standpoint, but while I eat meat, I don't see the consumption of leather or fur as particularly wholesome. Whenever I've tried Googling such things, the only jackets I ever find are bomber jackets, which are not my style -- I'd prefer something cleaner and more modern. Internet sites are fine, but serious bonus points for actual stores in New York City. And how much can I reasonably expect to pay for such a thing?
posted by logovisual at 8:13 AM PST - 9 comments

Control Freaks! Lend me your anecdotes!

Has anyone got any examples or anecdotes about being a control freak for a writing project I'm working on? Maybe you know one, or are one yourself...I'm looking for unusual or funny examples of control freakery. Workplace examples particularly useful...
posted by Mrs.Doyle at 7:50 AM PST - 40 comments

Is real personal change possible?

How does a rejected person become an accepted person? [more inside]
posted by By The Grace of God at 7:37 AM PST - 20 comments

What causes dust build up and how can we keep it to a minimum?

What causes dust build up and how can we keep it to a minimum? [more inside]
posted by JPigford at 7:36 AM PST - 15 comments

CANCELLING a 1and1 hosting account

Have you CANCELLED your 1and1 account successfully (by success I mean they stopped charging you and they released the domains registered through them)? If so, what steps did you follow?? I haven't started the process yet -- just researching right now -- but I've read a lot of 1and 1 cancellation horror stories here and elsewhere.
posted by lorimer at 7:34 AM PST - 8 comments

Combination laser pointer + presentation mouse?

Can anyone recommend a wireless presentation clicker/mouse + laser pointer for Mac OS X? [more inside]
posted by NucleophilicAttack at 7:28 AM PST - 11 comments

فلوس كثيرا

Brainstorming summer employment opportunities in Arabic-speaking countries. [more inside]
posted by The White Hat at 7:10 AM PST - 8 comments

quicker buzz via diet soda and booze?

Someone suggested to me that rum and diet coke has more of an impact (metabolizes faster?) than rum and regular coke. Is this true, and if so why?
posted by rampy at 7:04 AM PST - 8 comments

Can I get through life without challenging my pill phobia?

Can I get through life without having to swallow pills? This is not hypothetical. [more inside]
posted by tatiana wishbone at 6:53 AM PST - 25 comments

My wonderful tub makes a terrible shower.

How can I fix my clawfoot-forced-shower's complete lack of water pressure? [more inside]
posted by banannafish at 6:50 AM PST - 8 comments

The blue screen of death is alive and well

Please help me recover my hosed NTFS partition(s). [more inside]
posted by grouse at 6:48 AM PST - 12 comments


OK.. so I am taking my boyfriend to NYC for the day. He went about 20 years ago with a friend that brought him to peep shows and he basically got mugged, etc. He hated it and hasnt been back. Help me make him like the city! [more inside]
posted by beccaj at 6:17 AM PST - 36 comments

How to fight a Revenue Canada imposed tax on an imported product?

My sig others import business got tagged at the border by RevCan for a 74% import duty. What can we do about this? [more inside]
posted by fox_terrier_guy at 6:12 AM PST - 13 comments

Forgotten title of book about a woman who lived as a man

Can't remember title of an autobiographical book about a woman who lived as a man for a period of time. [more inside]
posted by pollystark at 5:07 AM PST - 5 comments

How does one go about getting a career in movie soundtracks?

How does one go about getting a career in movie soundtracks? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean at 3:18 AM PST - 3 comments

identify these music videos

Help me find two songs based on their music videos. [more inside]
posted by twine42 at 2:52 AM PST - 8 comments

Help me find this English Juvenile Historical Fiction!

English Juvenile Historical Fiction: Help me find three books, which are written in an intelligent "teaching" style loosely based on real events. Plenty... [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 at 2:43 AM PST - 5 comments

sudden tempo change in "willow weep for me"

I once heard a radio program (probably on NPR or the BBC) about the song "Willow Weep for Me." They claimed it was an extraordinary song for two reasons: it was written by a woman (rare in 1932) and there was striking tempo change in the middle of the song. However, in most recordings, the musicians skip the tempo change. But on the show I listened to, they played a rare recoding that featured the change. I want that recording. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee at 2:37 AM PST - 3 comments

What presents should people give to me for my own birthday?

It's my 30th birthday soon and my friends are telling me that I'm really difficult to buy presents for. They’re pretty much right as I don’t really know what I want. Can you help me come up with some interesting ideas for them? [more inside]
posted by mr_silver at 2:17 AM PST - 25 comments

Korean Rock, Paper, Scissors

Korean rochambeau? [more inside]
posted by Brittanie at 1:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Best local community website?

What is your favourite local website? What makes it so good? [more inside]
posted by b33j at 12:03 AM PST - 21 comments

October 16

Make a move man, state your case

Long ago I heard a live version of Ween's "Tender Situation" that sounded sweeter, or more straightforward, than it is presented on Pure Guava or any of the live albums. What bootleg was that from? [more inside]
posted by carsonb at 10:41 PM PST - 4 comments

How do they do that - Lasalle Bank Murals in Chicago

ChicagoFilter: What's the deal with the Lasalle Bank Building off of the Kennedy? [more inside]
posted by youngergirl44 at 10:36 PM PST - 6 comments

Someone's stolen my email address!

Someone's signing up for internet accounts using my Yahoo email address. Help! [more inside]
posted by serialcomma at 10:33 PM PST - 23 comments

Will he know that I'm a virgin?

Ok, embarrassing. I’m a late twentysomething virgin, in a relationship that will probably turn sexual very soon. He doesn’t know I’m a virgin and I really don’t want to tell him. My question is, will he be able to tell when we do have sex? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:46 PM PST - 50 comments

Chubby Cheeks

What type of foods can make your cheeks chubbier ? [more inside]
posted by inquisitive at 9:35 PM PST - 14 comments

Recommend an affordable bathroom or shower radio?

Recommend an affordable bathroom or shower radio? [more inside]
posted by callmejay at 9:12 PM PST - 5 comments

Dry out my Yamaha!

My scooter has a wet seat. Not at first glance, but the foam cushioning seeps out water when I sit on it (I left it outside a while ago in some heavy rain), making it necessary for me to sit on a plastic bag every time I ride. It's been dry everyday for two weeks, and the thing still seeps water! How can I dry the seat out? [more inside]
posted by zardoz at 8:59 PM PST - 13 comments

Which Documentary Film Festivals Should He Send His Film To ?

A good friend of mine completed his first feature-lenght documentary this year. Now he wants to submit it to different documentary festivals. [more inside]
posted by amusem at 8:58 PM PST - 15 comments

Postal Service Blues

I am expecting two UPS packages, and I have no way to sign for them. Where can I get them delivered in Seattle for me? As usual, there's [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 at 8:55 PM PST - 13 comments

NYC leather coat cleaning options?

Where can I get a leather jacket (black car coat) cleaned? NYC, specifically (Brooklyn, better yet). [more inside]
posted by mkultra at 8:48 PM PST - 2 comments

It is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary.

T-Mobile has eaten away at my soul. What can I do now, if anything? Long rant inside. [more inside]
posted by Etaoin Shrdlu at 8:45 PM PST - 39 comments

I need a colorful and bright suit where should I look?

Help me find a really bright colorful suit/ sportscoat for my ultimate halloween costume. Ebay is failing me and I rather not spend too much money on it. What are some other options?
posted by bilbo baggins at 8:33 PM PST - 6 comments

New Job, Nasty Coworker

New job and my coworker is always trying to control me and sabotage me and then wants my sympathy. I hate her! [more inside]
posted by Superstitious at 8:22 PM PST - 13 comments

Am I really going to vacuum my yard?

Should I vacuum the paint flakes out of my yard? [more inside]
posted by arielmeadow at 7:59 PM PST - 8 comments

Help me convert from SMF to MMF.

I need help converting a single mode fiber connection to a multi mode connection. [more inside]
posted by Loto at 7:47 PM PST - 4 comments

I don't understand sizes!

Women'sClothingFilter: If an item of clothing has a "split size", such as a 1/2 or a 22/24, which is the "correct" size to call it? Do you go with the higher or lower number? And in a related vein--if it's a junior size 5, that's the same as a women's 3, right? Or something like that? I get confused, because I wear a Youth Medium t-shirt, but often still wind up having to buy Women's LARGE. Clues definitely needed here!
posted by polexxia at 7:28 PM PST - 16 comments

Good dubbing: No longer just for kung-fu flicks.

I've just started watching Six Feet Under on Bravo, where it's being syndicated. I was skeptical at first, because I knew the show would have to be edited for content, but I was halfway into the first episode before I even noticed any changes (at least language-wise). My question: How do they do it so well? [more inside]
posted by sarahsynonymous at 7:19 PM PST - 17 comments

Money Changes Everything

EightiesFilter: Where can I buy LEGAL song downloads of slightly(?)-out-of-the-mainstream eighties artistes like The Brains, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Tonio K., The Church ("The Unguarded Moment" full band studio version) for my iPod? [more inside]
posted by ZenMasterThis at 6:27 PM PST - 10 comments

im pulling my hair out

help me prove this is impossible: package of goobers has 5 per package package of marshmallows has 2 per package package of gum has 1 per package how can i have 9 packages totalling 13 treats? i think its impossible. prove me wrong.
posted by fumbducker at 6:13 PM PST - 28 comments

Why don't I get sound when I play YouTube videos?

Why don't I get sound when I play YouTube videos? Quicktime videos work fine. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus at 5:58 PM PST - 3 comments

Blogger New Post E-mail Notification?

Automatic E-mail notification of new post in Blogger? [more inside]
posted by Roach at 5:53 PM PST - 6 comments

Desperate Attorney Needs Better Job

Basically, my question is this: I have no big firm experience and I can't play up my government service, am I really truly unemployable at a mid-sized (10-50 attorney) firm in a large American legal market? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:16 PM PST - 10 comments

Looking for a grocery coupon website?

I read about a website that you input your grocery list into, and it will locate the cheapest prices in your area, as well as find online coupons for you to print out. Trouble is, I forgot the website name and have been unable to google it. Anyone know what I'm talking about? [more inside]
posted by lane73179 at 5:03 PM PST - 6 comments

Fridge buzz killing my buzz

How do I stop my refrigerator from buzzing? [more inside]
posted by Packy_1962 at 4:37 PM PST - 8 comments

Female photographer of libraries?

Help identifying a specific photographer who photographs libraries? I think she's female and may be German. I do have one of her photos... [more inside]
posted by vacapinta at 4:10 PM PST - 8 comments


Tipfilter: I work as a line cook at a restaurant in Canada, and I'm curious as to what is normal in regards to server tip-out to kitchen staff. [more inside]
posted by glip at 4:08 PM PST - 13 comments

How long to walk from Harrah's to the Venetian?

How far is it from Harrah's to the Venetian in Las Vegas? I'm heading to a convention being held in the Venetian. I have the option of staying there, or at Harrah's. If I stay at Harrah's, I get a little extra money for drinks and expenses. What I really want to know is how long it realistically takes to walk from a room in Harrah's to wherever the convention center is in the Venetian.
posted by thinman at 4:06 PM PST - 17 comments

Blog boots its bummed proprietor

My Movable Type blog won't let me log in. [more inside]
posted by moonbird at 3:42 PM PST - 18 comments

Will an individual major be taken seriously?

I am an undergraduate student considering entering my school's Individualzied Major Program. Is this a good idea, especially w/regards to post-graduate work? [more inside]
posted by bookish at 3:09 PM PST - 18 comments

Any kid-friendly allergen-free foods?

Are there any companies that sell allergen-free foods geared towards children (e.g. snacks, cookies, kiddie meals, lunchables, and the like)? [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand at 3:09 PM PST - 7 comments

Creativity by the Thames

Where can I go to get involved with regular creative workshops and/or discussion in London? A little bit [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave at 3:07 PM PST - 4 comments

man is this long and man am i tired. trust me i’d rather be asking about linguistics.

Feral kittens 95% to being perfect housecats... but the last 5% is killing me. Advice? [more inside]
posted by jessicapierce at 2:57 PM PST - 29 comments

Shakespeare as history

I'm looking for a list of Shakespeare's plays in chronological order -- in historical rather than production order. Beginning with the Roman plays right through the British histories ... [more inside]
posted by feelinglistless at 2:53 PM PST - 15 comments

Music in the beginning of House

TVPhiliacFilter: House, M.D. theme [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin at 2:40 PM PST - 9 comments

Should I stay in therapy?

I had some situational depression so I went to therapy. I'm feeling a lot better now - is there any reason to stay in therapy? [more inside]
posted by Wolfie at 2:36 PM PST - 13 comments

Help with ZenCart Basics

ZenCart Basics: The AskMe archives provide great information about e-commerce solutions. Based on previous suggestions, I've decided to go with ZenCart for my first project. But I need some help with the basics. [more inside]
posted by aladfar at 2:32 PM PST - 4 comments

EasyCheese, Canadian Style?

Where can I buy Kraft Easy Cheese in Canada? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle at 2:29 PM PST - 5 comments

Catalogs with editorial content?

Point me towards catalogs (or catalog websites) that include editorial content along with the things they sell. I need this as reference material for a project I'm working on. [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic at 2:17 PM PST - 14 comments


Does anyone have any experience they can share about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, either as a patient or a practitioner? [more inside]
posted by necessitas at 2:01 PM PST - 7 comments

Things to do in Freiburg when you're lucky and have a month to hang out and explore?

Mr. Walla and I will be in Freiburg (im Breisgau, in the Black Forest) for the next month or so. We know it's not a big city, but we're hoping the hive mind might have some tips on the area. Favorite places to eat, drink, walk, go on day or weekend trips? English, dancing, yoga classes? We're open to just about anything. We'll be living in the Wiehre neighborhood, and we like to walk/bike. Unfortunate limitations: we speak no German and have no car. Thanks!
posted by walla at 1:53 PM PST - 5 comments

Album view while looking on an iPod?

Is there a way to get the cool new album view from iTunes 7 if you're looking at the songs on your iPod? [more inside]
posted by awenner at 1:30 PM PST - 4 comments

Audio version of YouTube

Audio version of YouTube? is there any free sites that allow you to record your voice and store them online? like YouTube / Google Video but just for audio? [more inside]
posted by spinko at 1:24 PM PST - 3 comments

A free utility to measure web site load times?

I need a tool (web- or Mac-based) that will help me measure how long a web page will take to load. I'm familiar with tools that measure page weight based on the HTML in a document, but I need something that will measure load times including dynamic factors. Does such a beast exist? [more inside]
posted by jdroth at 1:20 PM PST - 15 comments

Help me give career advice

Writer, linguist, filmmaker, scientist? Help me give my friend advice about his career choice. [more inside]
posted by mjklin at 1:16 PM PST - 16 comments

How to send yen from dollars?

I'm looking for a way to send, from the U.S. to Japan, money in denominations of yen. The merchant wants a money order in yen, which rules out Paypal. Do you know of a web-based or brick and mortar business that will take my payment in dollars, convert it into yen, and ship out a money order or give me a money order to ship?
posted by jeffmshaw at 12:42 PM PST - 11 comments

Peruvian bug swarm on This American Life

"This American Life" filter: a story about traveling to a city in Peru or Ecuador, and being overwhelmed by swarms of horrible insects. I caught part of this broadcast a couple of years ago. It could have been any time between 2001 and 2005. I would like to find out the date of broadcast, the name of the city & country where the events occurred, and the kind of insect that caused the problem. [more inside]
posted by Araucaria at 12:34 PM PST - 13 comments

Switching SIM Cards?

Cell phone: switching SIM card advice? [more inside]
posted by cgs at 12:32 PM PST - 7 comments

what to do with an extra CPU?

What cool things can I do with a couple of extra winXP CPUs? a little [more inside]
posted by Hanover Phist at 12:30 PM PST - 7 comments

Need quote from Rocko's Modern Life ("Cruisin'") -- please help!

In the RMT episode "Cruisin'" (the Bermuda Triangle one), an old man talks to Rocko about the burdens of seniority. His monologue, if I remember correctly, is about watching one's friends die and eventually becoming alone in the world. Does anyone have the exact quote?
posted by archagon at 12:14 PM PST - 2 comments

The dirt on reflux

What things help a mild case of acid reflux? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee at 12:04 PM PST - 30 comments

Locate a geometric coloring book ?

Looking for the name of a geometric-type coloring book from my childhood - every page was like graph paper but none of the shapes were square. [more inside]
posted by AuntLisa at 11:57 AM PST - 8 comments

How is one supposed to react when bein gmade the butt of a lame joke?

Two (or more) people are talking and a new person enters the group. One of the current group makes an obvious joke about the third. How is the person who enters the group "supposed" to react. [more inside]
posted by jeremias at 11:47 AM PST - 36 comments

A lot like this, but open source

Does an open source version of something like Ask MetaFilter exist? [more inside]
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 11:41 AM PST - 8 comments

Why is Maker's Mark whisky and not whiskey?

Why is Maker's Mark labeled whisky and not whiskey? [more inside]
posted by neilkod at 11:07 AM PST - 10 comments

Dechalk my office!

What kind of chalk should I be using in my office? [more inside]
posted by escabeche at 10:57 AM PST - 7 comments

HT buy a letterpress.

I think I'd like to buy a letterpress, but I know nothing about them. Please help. [more inside]
posted by OmieWise at 10:41 AM PST - 7 comments

Should I claim my psychiatric meds on my insurance?

Here's the situation: I changed health insurance plans about two years ago ago. I have a good plan, based in Californa, that costs me about $250 a month. Since starting the coverage, my major medical expense - for about a year - have three monthly medications which I take for recently-diagnosed bipolar disorder. I have never claimed these expenses on my insurance, nor have I ever put any of my psychiatric costs on a claim. The reason is that I've been advised not to do this, especially with a bipolar diagnosis, since, in the words of my psychiatrist, "once that's on your record, you'll have a very hard time if you need to change insurance plans." (I should add that the diagnosis, while scary, and the resulting treatment, has changed my life so much for the better that I'd sell pretty much sell a kidney to keep paying for the meds, if I had to.) [more inside]
posted by soulbarn at 10:09 AM PST - 6 comments

Can you ID this software by its UI?

What's the software being used to do the photo-manipulation in the new Dove Evolution ad? [more inside]
posted by lhl at 9:49 AM PST - 6 comments

Using www.legalzoom.com for a will?

Anyone had a will prepared through www.legalzoom.com? Care to share how it went? Or have recommendations to another online "will mill", or strong arguments against using one? [more inside]
posted by de void at 9:44 AM PST - 6 comments

Dungeons and Dragons for a 10-year-old

I'm trying to start up some D&D for my 10-year-old nephew. I need a lot of advice, on multiple questions! [more inside]
posted by PetiePal at 9:31 AM PST - 27 comments

Why do stock exchanges still close?

Why do stock exchanges still close? It's nice for the traders to get some time off, but in this modern age where you no longer have to stand on the floor shouting at people, is it still necessary? Does it have some economic function?
posted by fvw at 9:19 AM PST - 19 comments

SF laundromats w/parking?

In search of late-night laundromat in San Francisco *with parking.* [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 9:11 AM PST - 11 comments

Migraine and Kids

What options are available for children of 5 years with Migraine? Last night my son had his first. I started with them at 5 too, but back then there were to triptans or anything else. I've put the question in to the family doctor and haven't heard back yet, but I'm sure the answer I get will be limited to the Dr's experience and training. So, MeFi, what do you do for your kids when they suffer an attack?
posted by kc0dxh at 9:10 AM PST - 9 comments

PLZ buy my compamathingy!

How do I sell my dead laptop for parts. I know virtually nothing about computer thingies. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman at 9:03 AM PST - 14 comments

Help my dad identify this yacht.

My dad was in Maine last week and he saw two yachts parked off the shoreline. The small one was the Flamingo Daze which is 151' long. He said the larger yacht was about twice as long as the Flamingo Daze. What is the name of this blue hulled monster?
posted by Mr_Zero at 8:52 AM PST - 6 comments

ISO: Boston Wegmans

I recently moved from NOVA to Somerville, MA and the place of business that I miss most is Wegmans! Is there any store remotely like that near where I am now? [more inside]
posted by o0dano0o at 8:42 AM PST - 13 comments


MediaFilter: What is your experience with PRX (Public Radio Exchange)? [more inside]
posted by parmanparman at 8:38 AM PST - 4 comments

Burn Faster Damn You, Faster!

My Intel iMac burns DVDs quite slowly. Is there anyway to fix this? [more inside]
posted by chunking express at 8:36 AM PST - 9 comments


Is there a name for the gesture/vocalization that consists of flapping your finger up and down between your lips while making sound with your vocal cords? It comes out as something like "wawawawawawa" or "bababababa" and is often done by people as a way to entertain/communicate with babies. [more inside]
posted by alms at 8:17 AM PST - 17 comments

Dry Cleaning a Sport Coat

High end professional dry cleaning in New York City for expensive sport coat. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 8:14 AM PST - 6 comments

Tail of monkey and trunk of elephant

The Guardian today published a list of names used around the world for the @ symbol. [reproduced inside]. Can any native speakers let me know if they take advantage to these to make intrestering/humorous/offensive email address? [more inside]
posted by handybitesize at 8:05 AM PST - 25 comments

Kittens playing favorites

Our kittens adore me but merely tolerate my wife. Why? And can we do anything about it? [more inside]
posted by Saucy Intruder at 7:56 AM PST - 16 comments

Really, REALLY Simple Syndication

Help me find an ideal desktop RSS reader. [more inside]
posted by sjuhawk31 at 7:48 AM PST - 8 comments

The French, Japan and Love. What's the movie name?

Friend of mine is looking to track down the name of a movie. The dialogue is in English, French and Japanese. Most of the story is set in post-WWII Japan. It is about a French engineer who is working there. He is developping a relationship with a Japanese woman who runs a kimono store, but his old flame flies in from France and hijinks ensue. No it's not "Hiroshima, mon amour". As always there is [more inside]
posted by cm at 7:40 AM PST - 4 comments

Who else writes like John Banville?

Which other authors write as sensually as John Banville?
posted by Black Spring at 7:31 AM PST - 8 comments

Where are the online math programs?

Online Degree Question: Has anyone actually completed a math degree online? If so, what school did you attend and how would you rate it? [more inside]
posted by fellion at 7:09 AM PST - 6 comments

More info about Greco-Buddhism?

More information about Greco-Buddhists? [more inside]
posted by empath at 6:24 AM PST - 6 comments

Hard to gauge speeds at night. Inattention, illusion, or visual deficit?

Is there any sort of recognised optical illusion or visual deficit that can make it hard to realize that a vehicle is stationary? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:12 AM PST - 17 comments

Partition my Powerbook

How should I partition my Powerbook's 40GB disk now so that can install Linux later? [more inside]
posted by Utilitaritron at 5:47 AM PST - 7 comments

Condo prices are falling (a tiny bit)

What do I need to know before I decide to buy a condo (in DC)? [more inside]
posted by echo0720 at 5:27 AM PST - 2 comments

Tips for recovery from tooth extraction?

Care to share your tips for coping post-tooth removal? [more inside]
posted by Dreama at 4:57 AM PST - 20 comments

A girl needs more than just a knife

Londonfilter: Just landed with a chef's knife and need to locate goods. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl at 4:16 AM PST - 18 comments

Videoconferencing software - cross-platform and multi-user?

Videoconferencing software - cross-platform and multi-user? [more inside]
posted by blag at 4:16 AM PST - 2 comments

Middle Aged Man's dilemma: stay w/ current situation or quit to start over - current wife cannot have children

Middle Aged Man's dilemma: stay w/ current situation or quit to start over - current wife cannot have children [more inside]
posted by NFLfan at 3:59 AM PST - 105 comments

I need help 'seeing' an optical illusion!

I need help 'seeing' an optical illusion. Picture is inside. [more inside]
posted by bchaplin at 2:46 AM PST - 19 comments

Help my cap my vid!

What is the easiest (cheapest) way to get a series of stills from a video file? [more inside]
posted by antifuse at 1:40 AM PST - 5 comments

October 15

People of color?

Why is it politically correct to refer people that are not caucasian as people of color? [more inside]
posted by herbiehancock00 at 11:19 PM PST - 38 comments

Yer nicked eiver way guvna'

LAW101 question : Let's say the law says "If you do X or if you do Y, then you're nicked". Let's also say that in reality you did Y but you didn't do X. Suppose at trial the judge incorrectly ruled that you had done X so you're nicked but didn't say anything about Y. If you appealed the decision on the basis that the judge was wrong about X and can prove it, do you win your appeal even though you did Y and should have been nicked anyway? [more inside]
posted by vizsla at 11:14 PM PST - 12 comments

Trying to learn how to spend for free

Any recs on freeware/shareware financial software, along the lines of Quicken or MS Money? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog at 10:49 PM PST - 10 comments

I have a Thanksgiving/Birthday collision! What to do?

This year, I turn thirty, on Thanksgiving. I need something to do that's special with my fiance, and as always, there's [more inside]
posted by FritoKAL at 10:41 PM PST - 2 comments

One night of what exactly?

Name that tune/artistfilter: Mid to late eighties i think, maybe a little later?, sounds like a youngish man singing, and all i remember are the words (sorta) to the chorus: [more inside]
posted by ramix at 10:27 PM PST - 2 comments

Haunted House in Providence?

Haunted House near Providence, RI? [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad at 10:23 PM PST - 7 comments

Scared of running!

I've been working out four times a week all year, and now I think I should at least know how to run. I have a horror of running left over from being the slow kid, and I don't really know how to do it. I started the couch to 5k today. Should I stick with it, or just do something else? [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean at 10:22 PM PST - 25 comments

Trying to find purchasable/downloadable version of the background music from The Apprentice

Where can I buy/download the boardroom background music from NBC's The Apprentice? Thanks.
posted by 4ster at 10:15 PM PST - 3 comments

What phone does Veronica Mars use?

Silly question, but what is the cell phone / PDA that Veronica Mars uses throughout the first two seasons? [more inside]
posted by GriffX at 10:02 PM PST - 4 comments

It's nekkid time!

How does a female break into non-pornographic nude modeling? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:22 PM PST - 18 comments

Donated a falsely dead laptop--who gets it now?

Donated a laptop I thought was dead for parts, but found out it works fine. Who should get it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:22 PM PST - 36 comments

rax to mp3 conversion

Crimefilter: Is there a program that allows me to turn RAX files downloaded from best buy's rhapsody service into mp3s? [more inside]
posted by MNDZ at 9:21 PM PST - 7 comments

Wall Graphics

Converting an image to a simple dot-matrix pattern? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny at 8:33 PM PST - 15 comments

Looking for origins of a quotation

Can someone identify this quote for me? [more inside]
posted by robhuddles at 8:10 PM PST - 7 comments

Can an open microwave door leak a dangerous amount of radiation?

My roommates have a really annoying habit of leaving the microwave door ajar after they're done using it. In other words, the microwave beeps, they take their food out, and then leave the door hanging. Am I being exposed to unsafe levels of radiation?
posted by invisible ink at 7:25 PM PST - 35 comments

Finding a guitar

I want to buy an electric guitar, but I have no idea what to get. How do I choose a good first guitar in the $200-$300 range? Any suggestions? Feel free to ask questions that might help with answers.
posted by punishinglemur at 6:14 PM PST - 22 comments

Help me stop my friend from dropping out and moving to Thailand.

A friend of mine, who is 19 (in college), is planning on taking some money he's saved up (apparently a couple of grand) and moving to Thailand with the intent of teaching English. What are the flaws in his argument, and how can I dissuade him? [more inside]
posted by matkline at 5:56 PM PST - 38 comments

I need high-quality fly porn, damnit!

What's the best video compression format for reviewing single frames? [more inside]
posted by metaculpa at 5:27 PM PST - 10 comments

Am I making this up? Does this exist?

I had a friend once who became a member of some sort of organization not unlike Avon, but with housewares/knick knacks? [more inside]
posted by heavenstobetsy at 3:55 PM PST - 21 comments

Walking formula ?

Is there a simple formula to calculate how many calories are used during walking exercise ? [more inside]
posted by matholio at 3:50 PM PST - 7 comments

ID some This American Life songs?

This American Life has at least a dozen instrumentals that they use over and over as background music. The Happy Flute Song, the Things Are Kind of Tense Song, and so on. I've really grown to like many of them, but I cannot identify any of them. Can TAL fans identify any of the standard music beds?
posted by waldo at 3:19 PM PST - 23 comments

Southern NH Restaraunts

Looking for a very nice restaraunt for my wifes birthday dinner. We have eaten at most of the well known places in the Nashua/Manchester area and are looking for something new. Any suggestions out there?
posted by Raybun at 3:08 PM PST - 11 comments

Tapas and Setas in Barcelona

What's the name of the tapas and setas bar on the corner of Plaça Nova and Carrer dels Boters in Barcelona? [more inside]
posted by dfreire at 2:55 PM PST - 1 comment

growing pot

how long can you keep marijuana seeds before planting them? [more inside]
posted by defmute at 2:35 PM PST - 14 comments

fusion! OMG its cold.

DIY grafting tape? [more inside]
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 2:16 PM PST - 2 comments

What can I do to keep busy at work?

What do I do all day to keep myself busy since my job doesn't do it? [more inside]
posted by CwgrlUp at 2:00 PM PST - 19 comments

tiny url icons?

What are those tiny icons on the left part of the box that shows a site's url? [more inside]
posted by lisaj32 at 1:54 PM PST - 21 comments

Pretty on the inside

Can I have my x-rays? [more inside]
posted by Evangeline at 1:06 PM PST - 22 comments

Google product search spam filter?

A while back I found a site that allowed you to search Google for products, and it would automatically add negative keywords to your search that filtered out pretty much all of those price comparison sites that seem to be all you get on Google now when you search for a product. Only now I can't find it. Anyone?
posted by Mwongozi at 1:05 PM PST - 5 comments


Can I really make 5, 10, or even $15,000 a month working from home by getting a free video? And why are these so-called millionares willing to give away their "secrets" for free? [more inside]
posted by joshuak at 12:34 PM PST - 28 comments


About ten years or so ago I read an article by a woman who's boyfriend worked in some sort of music related industry and she ended up having Winona Ryder, Dave Pirner, Bruce Springsteen, and Bruce's mom over for dinner. She talked a lot of trash on Winona in the article. Does anyone remember this piece of writing and where it appeared?
posted by josher71 at 12:20 PM PST - 6 comments

Earthquake Info Needed

Hawaii has had an earthquake. I need some info sources for a friend there who is still able to get thru (to NJ) by phone. Toss me anything useful you've got and I'll do a quick sort and pass on whatever she needs. Many thanks in advance!
posted by realjanetkagan at 11:54 AM PST - 10 comments

Custom Balloons To Make The Kiddies Smile

Any suggestions for places to get custom balloons made? [more inside]
posted by NewGear at 11:23 AM PST - 2 comments

Startup Disk

Mac: Startup Disk almost full? [more inside]
posted by benkolb at 11:22 AM PST - 8 comments

How do I fit the proper amount on my DVDs?

So, I've had a DVD+R drive for about 2 years now, and I never really noticed this before. The pack of DVDs says 4.7GB/120min, but it seems no matter how I author the disc, I can only get 60 minutes of movie on there. Is there some setting or something I can use to squeeze more on there? 4.7 GB for only 60 minutes seems a little big, and I know that most people fit 120 minutes on a disc... so what am I doing wrong? For the record, I've been using DVDStyler, but I also had the same problem with Sonic.
posted by fvox13 at 10:53 AM PST - 12 comments

Excel: Connecting the dots between inconsistent data

Excel: I am trying to create a line graph of last year's workload versus this year's workload. Problem is, I don't have consistent data and my graphs have numerous gaps between data points. How can I best fill these gaps? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy Zaga at 10:16 AM PST - 6 comments

What Is This Bug?

what is this bug? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind at 10:14 AM PST - 20 comments

Time Regained

How many pages can you read in an hour? [more inside]
posted by BackwardsCity at 10:13 AM PST - 24 comments

The weather forecast calls for interrupt storms...

Help! I added an internal IDE hard drive to my late-model Dell desktop, and accessing it pins my processor! [more inside]
posted by perissodactyl at 10:01 AM PST - 4 comments

My merangues are a source of shame.

How do I get my merangues to do the right thing? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo at 9:26 AM PST - 10 comments

Flying football cows

I was watching yesterday's game on ABC-TV between USC and Arizona. Right at half-time three live cows para-glided into the stadium from above. Two of them were shown landing on the playing field, while the third cow landed somewhere in the stands on top of some cowering fans and a hot dog vendor. The tv quickly switched to the network half-time sports show, and when the second half started, not a word was spoken about the flying cows. I can't find a word about it in today's online press. Can someone enlighten me as to why these cows were flown onto the football field in Los Angeles at half-time?
posted by plainfeather at 8:50 AM PST - 11 comments

Getting a book published

What steps to go through to get a book published? [more inside]
posted by zorro astor at 8:50 AM PST - 3 comments

Bring Music to My Ears!

iTunes, Windows Media radio, XM Radio, Sirius, Live 365, Musicmatch, SHOUTcast, etc., etc. ...my ears are clogged! [more inside]
posted by NYCinephile at 8:38 AM PST - 12 comments

What's the best curry house in Brick Lane?

[LondonCurryFilter] What's the best curry house in Brick Lane? [more inside]
posted by kenchie at 7:59 AM PST - 11 comments

Dangerous / Inconsiderate driving in UK

How do you report a dangerous / inconsiderate driver (UK) [more inside]
posted by kiwi.es at 6:53 AM PST - 9 comments

Background reading for Against the Day?

Thomas Pynchon has a new novel coming out in December. It's called Against the Day. Can you recommend some good background sources for the period it is set in? [more inside]
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 5:40 AM PST - 8 comments

Leaving on a jet plane - close accounts?

Permanently leaving the U.S. to go back to Europe - do I have to close my bank account and credit cards? [more inside]
posted by meijusa at 4:34 AM PST - 13 comments

Can you underlock DDR2-6400 to DDR2-4200?

I want to upgrade my pc's memory, but I noticed 6400 is the same price as 4200, and I can use the ram to in a faster system later. Does faster ram (400mhz) 6400 underlock to (233mhz) 4200? Gskill has 2 gigs for 187 on newegg, 5-5-5-15, why my system ram is ddr2-4200 4-4-4-12.
posted by IronWolve at 3:20 AM PST - 9 comments

Korean Language Matrix Trilogy

Looking for all three Matrix films, region 1 DVD or VHS, either dubbed or subtitled in Korean. Can you help me?
posted by billtron at 1:21 AM PST - 3 comments

October 14

How can I write comfortably?

Writing in bed - is there a way to do it comfortably? [more inside]
posted by anadem at 11:08 PM PST - 14 comments

Need wireless microphone advice!

Recommendations for wireless inexpensive microphone combos for small church. [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 at 11:04 PM PST - 5 comments

Where to go to escape real life?

What would you do with 4-5 days, 60,000 frequent flyer miles, and the freedom to go and do whatever you want? [more inside]
posted by xorowo at 10:56 PM PST - 17 comments

undue backpain

Back Pain - It's a weekend, and my chiropractor only works tue/thurs in my area filter. I have no idea what I did to deserve this, but I went to the gym for the first time in 2 mos last wednesday (I had been going religiously m/w/f for 8 months working up my running.. i was doing 10 minute miles for 30 minutes before..) because I broke my toe at a company event. I did a decent workout (2.2 mi in 30 min, rest, stretch, then free weights). I felt fine afterwards - no pain, no problems at all. [more inside]
posted by SirStan at 10:08 PM PST - 14 comments

I want to make some money duing the hours / day I spend on the internet.

What's with these FOREIGN EXCHANGE programs / workshops that I've recently seen advertised in infomercials recently ? Can one really make money doing this ? Do I need a lot of capital ? Have any mefites any experience or insight ?
posted by dawdle at 9:27 PM PST - 11 comments

Help me find graduate fellowship programs in the US.

What are some good graduate fellowship programs for an electrical engineering student in the US? [more inside]
posted by homer2k1 at 9:23 PM PST - 5 comments

Advice for effective communication?

Whenever a relationship question is asked, it seems like the answer is always "communicate". Talk to the person, explain what's wrong, establish the communication barrier. I'm not saying the answer is wrong - after all, it's a requisite answer for a reason - but surely, it's easier said than done? [more inside]
posted by Phire at 9:17 PM PST - 13 comments

Tropical Flavour

What are some good herbs and spices that I can grow in pots in a tropical climate? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob at 9:16 PM PST - 5 comments

Help me find pictures of the New Years Millennium

I partied in London on Millennium New Years. Sadly I didn't take any pictures to help me remember the best party that I ever took part in. I am looking for the photo album of someone who partied on the banks of the Thames on that night too. [more inside]
posted by bigmusic at 8:43 PM PST - 1 comment

Daily webpage snapshot?

Is there any software/service which will let me save a daily snapshot of a webpage? [more inside]
posted by missbossy at 8:09 PM PST - 10 comments

Roth IRA Niceties

Are there tax consequences from buying and selling stock within a Roth IRA? [more inside]
posted by bink at 8:02 PM PST - 2 comments

I'm interested in trying modeling. Are there any options for a 28-year-old woman?

I'm interested in trying modeling. Are there any options for a 28-year-old woman? [more inside]
posted by cadge at 7:53 PM PST - 9 comments

Does this smock make me look frugal?

Is making your own soaps/lotions/oils/candles/etc. worth the time and trouble? [more inside]
posted by jbickers at 7:37 PM PST - 14 comments

Is there a place for a technical comparison of outdoor gear?

I'm looking for a website that has an excellent technical understanding of the technology in outdoor gear and technical fabrics. Like a dpreview.com or dansdata.com but for mountaineering etc. [more inside]
posted by dantodd at 7:29 PM PST - 6 comments

London, Paris or elsewhere for New Year's Eve 2006?

London, Paris or elsewhere for New Year's Eve 2006? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey at 7:17 PM PST - 3 comments

Thunderbrd and inline images

How can I stop thunderbird from automatically rendering inline (attached) images? [more inside]
posted by whir at 7:08 PM PST - 5 comments

Where did I get these images from?

Where do these images of a 1950's era woman doing head exercises come from? (Pretty SFW, but you might get a few odd looks) [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte at 7:08 PM PST - 4 comments

Finding love. Failing that, sex. Failing that, a movie buddy.

Help me find love/sex/companionship. Here's a summary of my situation with more detail to follow inside: I'm middle-aged, male and heterosexual, haven't been involved in a serious relationship in five years, haven't slept with anyone in over a year, am formally disabled and mobility-impaired and use a cane, rely on social security disability income during this period while I use the related Medicare coverage to have several major joints replaced, am a native of the city I live in but have lived here this time around for only the last two years. [more inside]
posted by Ethereal Bligh at 6:49 PM PST - 47 comments

Best catch ever.

I'm trying to find a video clip of of a fan making an amazing diving catch during Monday Night Football in 1996. [more inside]
posted by TunnelArmr at 6:35 PM PST - 7 comments

Casa de Upstate NY

Upstate New York mill town architecture-- what does one call it? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey at 6:15 PM PST - 7 comments

Making the most of your Xbox 360 on a computer display?

What's the best computer display available for connecting an Xbox 360 to? [more inside]
posted by Sevenupcan at 5:55 PM PST - 10 comments

Rural internet cafe visitors - what are your needs?

What do you/would you expect from an internet cafe in a rural setting, on your vacation? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 at 5:07 PM PST - 33 comments

Name This Tune . . ?

Can anyone identify this music ? [more inside]
posted by AJ at 5:07 PM PST - 9 comments

"Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time"

How do I walk 25 kilometers and survive? There's [more inside]
posted by Memo at 5:02 PM PST - 24 comments

Updated software for my Microsoft Office Keyboard?

Updated software for my Microsoft Office Keyboard? [more inside]
posted by frogan at 5:00 PM PST - 3 comments

iBook tv adapter problem a go-go

Why won't my iBook's tv adapter work? [more inside]
posted by popcassady at 4:28 PM PST - 6 comments

Here but not there?

Unconscious Process Filter: What's happening when I'm in the running "zone"? [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 4:10 PM PST - 8 comments

Name that band?

Has anyone heard of a band or singer called something like "Sondra Leche"? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects at 3:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Travel With or Board?

Business trip to York UK from US East Coast. Anyone ever take their dog? I always roll with my pooch on business trips, but mine's 90 lbs and this is a - what? - 7 hour flight. [more inside]
posted by nj_subgenius at 2:53 PM PST - 10 comments

tivo help

My Tivo is driving me nuts! Please help! [more inside]
posted by adrober at 2:41 PM PST - 7 comments

Calculating startup costs in Europe

I'm looking for way to compare salaries across Europe. [more inside]
posted by andifsohow at 2:09 PM PST - 2 comments

Where to donate in NoVA?

Where should we donate clothing, toys, household goods, books, etc. in Northern Virginia, that's not the usual Goodwill/Salvation Army, etc? [more inside]
posted by sa3z at 1:49 PM PST - 4 comments

Greyhound tracks near TO?

Where can we go greyhound racing in or near Toronto, Ontario? [more inside]
posted by jamesonandwater at 1:40 PM PST - 7 comments

Free Cable anyone?

What's a good way to watch a sports game that we can't get at home? [more inside]
posted by superbird at 1:08 PM PST - 8 comments

Real estate agent fees?

We've been talking to a generally nice/enthusiastic real estate agent for the purposes of selling our home. She's quoted us that approximately 9-10% of the listing price will go to cover her commission, the other agent's commission, and the various closing costs in between. This strikes us as rather high - we were thinking 5-6%. What's the breakdown and truth here?
posted by xmutex at 1:02 PM PST - 14 comments

Solutions for building a photo rating website?

Does anybody have any experience with "rate my _blank_" type photo rating software? Specifically, I'm looking at MiPhoto or an open-source alternative with a similar set of features. Suggestions from the hive mind? [more inside]
posted by generichuman at 12:33 PM PST - 3 comments

PartyPoker, RIP.

PartyPoker is gone. Where do I go now? [more inside]
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 12:16 PM PST - 19 comments

3 variables in a 2D graph

What's a creative way to graphically visualize user-rating vs time, taking # of ratings into account? [more inside]
posted by lpctstr; at 11:45 AM PST - 3 comments

Plane vs. Car

What is the best way to get from Boston to Franklin Lakes, NJ, and back, in one day? [more inside]
posted by ciocarlia at 11:43 AM PST - 5 comments

Don't make me watch the Leafs! Please!

Habs' broadcast question from deep, dark and dismal Toronto Maple Leafs Country [more inside]
posted by elkerette at 11:23 AM PST - 8 comments

Yoga classes in London?

Yoga class recommendation in London? [more inside]
posted by meerkatty at 11:09 AM PST - 3 comments

3 time bar failure doesn't have the same ring as 5 time Academy Award nominee

CareerFilter: I just failed the PA bar exam for the 3rd time, and there's [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:53 AM PST - 27 comments

Wordpress Madness

How do I move all the posts from a Blogspot account to my new blog? [more inside]
posted by LoopyG at 10:17 AM PST - 5 comments

How do I get my old phone number back?

How do I purchase my old phone number? [more inside]
posted by ®@ at 10:06 AM PST - 4 comments

Drag and drop across browser windows?

Web dev Q: Is there a way to figure out what has been dragged and dropped from one browser window to another? [more inside]
posted by shortfuse at 10:02 AM PST - 4 comments

Remember a kids' book about a witch?

Namethatbookfilter: Anyone remember the title of a children's fantasy about a witch, two kids, and a goblin king? [more inside]
posted by Iridic at 9:53 AM PST - 3 comments

Recommend an MP3 CD player?

Can you recommend a well-designed MP3 CD player? The Sony one I have now is lacking in so many ways and I'd like to replace it. [more inside]
posted by smackfu at 9:43 AM PST - 10 comments

Is OpenSourceHost.com any good?

What have been your experiences with the hosting company OpenSourceHost.com? [more inside]
posted by tozturk at 8:39 AM PST - 1 comment

Compter Mod in small space restriction

ComputerModFilter: I need suggestions on building a computer with space restrictions... [more inside]
posted by Kensational at 8:20 AM PST - 13 comments

Marathon race day pacing and altitude

How much will my pace pick up on marathon day? [more inside]
posted by TrashyRambo at 7:39 AM PST - 7 comments

Avoiding cigarettes in Wien/Vienna and other smoker-friendly cities

Ideas for respectfully avoiding cigarette smoke when visiting a strong smoking culture (especially in Wien/Vienna, but advice for other cities is very welcome too). [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain at 6:56 AM PST - 9 comments

Grandparent timeshare?

Polling all grandparents - would you be willing to move/spend part of the year in a different city in order to spend lots of time with, and provide daycare for, your grandkids? [more inside]
posted by n'muakolo at 6:41 AM PST - 11 comments

What are my options for a motherboard upgrade?

Help me find a motherboard upgrade to my Dell Dimension 4300 that I'm using as a HTPC. [more inside]
posted by drkrdglo at 5:50 AM PST - 4 comments

Silver misgivings

Inheriting silver flatware: A good move, or a step to polishing insanity? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott at 4:36 AM PST - 11 comments

Blow our (fish) balls off.

Where are the really good, really fresh, really affordable seafood restaurants in Portland, Oregon (or the nearby coast)? [more inside]
posted by melissa may at 1:56 AM PST - 12 comments

"For while the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you."

How do I feel like I'm still 25 when I turn 50? [more inside]
posted by joshuaconner at 12:07 AM PST - 24 comments

October 13

Twitching in Seattle...

I've been having muscle twitches for the past two months. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:51 PM PST - 15 comments

To be honest, I'd rather think that it was unintentional.

What's up with that annoying fast-motion digital effect that's been popping up in movies the past few years? I think it's supposed to make things look scary, but it really has the effect of making everything look like a bad Benny Hill comedy. Is this something that directors do to their movies on purpose, or is it a byproduct of some sort of digital processing? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco at 9:17 PM PST - 38 comments


I'm an alcoholic. I've been shitfaced every day for the last 9 months. I consider the booze a nepenthe; it's something that allows me to forget all the sins I've comitted in my short life on this planet. [more inside]
posted by kfx at 9:11 PM PST - 88 comments

Who foots the bill for an at-work medical situation?

I was attending an off-site, work-related meeting when I felt faint and passed out. An ambulance was called and yada, yada- I'm fine. Since this is work related, who foots the bill? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:02 PM PST - 10 comments

Crankiness after sex?

I've noticed that about a day or so after a good roll in the hay, my SO and I can be a little cranky with one another. Not big fights, just a sort of removal of the rose colored glasses. My SO is not really convinced. Can you think of any reasons for this, or am I sort of insane? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:01 PM PST - 22 comments

Online banking

I've had it with NetBank. What online banking system would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by megatherium at 8:38 PM PST - 18 comments

Help me make sure I'm not getting scammed...

BrrrrrFilter: It's gotten cold here in Chicago and my heater appears to be broken. Google didn't help me much probably because my knowledge of HVAC is weak. Help me find out quickly if I'm being ripped off? [more inside]
posted by twiggy at 7:16 PM PST - 15 comments

Golf casual?

At a "golf casual" event, can a woman wear (tailored) jeans?
posted by Sweetie Darling at 6:53 PM PST - 16 comments

Any smart dance movies out there?

Looking for smart narrative dance movies in the vein of "Billy Elliot" or "Swing Kids." Those are the only ones I can think of-- please help! [more inside]
posted by np312 at 5:55 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me help a long-distance friend through a parent's death.

A close friend has just had a parent die after a long illness. For reasons I won't go into the situation is very, very bad overall, and I want to be as supportive as I possibly can be on the long road of handling something like this. [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias at 5:37 PM PST - 12 comments

What are the film clips shown before the start of every TCM movie?

What are the film clips that Turner Classic Movies shows before the beginning of every movie? [more inside]
posted by La Gata at 5:30 PM PST - 5 comments

Cuba Libre!

What's your favorite Cuban meal? [more inside]
posted by special-k at 4:34 PM PST - 30 comments


Looking for mini daypack for walk abouts in the 30 dollar range [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos at 4:14 PM PST - 8 comments

Placement of spark plug wires

Placement of spark plug wires.. [more inside]
posted by jazzkat11 at 4:00 PM PST - 14 comments

What kind of screws are used in LCD mounting kits?

What kind of screws are used in LCD mounting kits? [more inside]
posted by heresiarch at 3:57 PM PST - 2 comments

New mouse broke screensaver

My new Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 5000 broke my screensaver. Help? [more inside]
posted by AstroGuy at 3:33 PM PST - 9 comments

Herb Supplements

Reputable US herbal supplement manufacturers. [more inside]
posted by plinth at 2:48 PM PST - 5 comments

Online Bakeries With Pretty Cakes

What are your favorite bakeries with beautiful cakes that display samples online? [more inside]
posted by gokart4xmas at 2:29 PM PST - 23 comments

Fiddling with C# on VisualBasic

I'm learning C# right now, and I can do very basic things with it. For example, I can cause it to ask you to put in two numbers, and it will give you their sum, difference, quotient, and divisor. What command do I need for it to ask the user WHICH operation it would like the program to perform? [more inside]
posted by alon at 2:14 PM PST - 18 comments

Music podcast legalities help

I have, over the past several years, become the individual that lots of people come to for music suggestions and to talk about music (most metal, but some other stuff). Much like the fine folks at Pandora. So I had the great thought of starting a podcast. However: Mayhaps I'm missing something, but I can't find anything online that spells out how to start a music podcast legally. (More after the jump) [more inside]
posted by Ikazuchi at 1:56 PM PST - 7 comments

What's it like to be a detective?

Are you, or have you ever been, a detective? [more inside]
posted by wildclover at 1:49 PM PST - 14 comments

How can I stop being a know-it-all?

How can I stop being a know-it-all? [more inside]
posted by k8t at 1:39 PM PST - 65 comments

A good introductory handgun for someone with small hands?

What's the best beginning target shooting & self-defense handgun for someone with small hands? [more inside]
posted by vorfeed at 1:38 PM PST - 28 comments

Help me not have to restart to get Windows Explorer back

Is there a way for me to restart Windows Explorer (the shell) when it crashes, eliminates my taskbar and all desktop icons, but otherwise my open programs are working fine? Don't want to have to restart everything. [more inside]
posted by kookoobirdz at 1:23 PM PST - 23 comments

It's on the wall!

What's the best way to mount an LCD monitor to my wall? [more inside]
posted by CXImran at 12:49 PM PST - 9 comments

Earthquake perception

How often can you feel small earthquakes in Southern California? My girlfriend thinks I'm crazy, but I'm often convinced I've felt a small earthquake. Are there degrees of earthquake perception for different people? [more inside]
posted by SBMike at 12:43 PM PST - 27 comments

My bathroom light and fan turn off and on at the same time. :(

I have a single switch light plate in the bathroom that controls the lights and fan at the same time; one flip of the switch turns both on and off at the same time. You can't control them independently. I'd like to be able to. How? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj at 12:34 PM PST - 10 comments

Drowning in fraudulent IP Relay Calls. Help!

IP Relay Scammers are plaguing our PBX operator. Is there anything we can do besides refusing to answer any IP Relay call? [more inside]
posted by IndigoSkye at 12:32 PM PST - 6 comments

Good books about poetry?

Except for an early obsession with e.e. cummings, I know nothing about poetry. Can anyone recommend a good book to jumpstart my poetry literacy? [more inside]
posted by aparrish at 12:32 PM PST - 21 comments

Imac frequently disconnects from network.

I have an Intel Imac that I bought roughly a year ago. I connect to the internet using comcast and an Airport Express. Recently, I added WEP security to my airport, for obvious reasons. I also changed the airport channel to 7 (and then 4) from 11 because I was getting lag while playing Xbox Live using a wireless adapter (I live in an apartment with many wireless networks around me). Every since, my computer just decides to leave the network about every 5 minutes. It's SO ANNOYING. I only have to click on the network again to rejoin, but does anyone have any ideas? I made both changes at the same time.
posted by drewcopeland at 12:23 PM PST - 4 comments

Font preview in Illustrator CS2

How can I get Illustrator CS2's font preview to work on my Windows machines? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic at 12:21 PM PST - 2 comments

are http forms posted thru https secure?

Can I deliver a form thru http, post it back to the server thru https and be secure? [more inside]
posted by Pasa la bola chetu at 12:07 PM PST - 18 comments

You want me to sell WHAT?

Can a retail store sell products carrying clearly recognisable logos from other corporations, if those logos are not copied but taken from existing products? [more inside]
posted by valleys at 11:43 AM PST - 19 comments

Outlook sorting troubles.

Outlook help! How do I get outlook to display the actual email address of the sender instead of just the default "from" field that displays the name associated with the address?
posted by guruguy9 at 11:23 AM PST - 9 comments

Why are Apple laptop prices the same at all stores?

The price of Apple computers doesn't vary by retailer. How does Apple dictate pricing to their resellers — and how do they do this without breaking price-fixing laws? [more inside]
posted by kamelhoecker at 11:17 AM PST - 25 comments

GDS Google Desktop backup

Is it possible to backup google desktop? [more inside]
posted by antisocialiting at 11:11 AM PST - 1 comment

AllTunes Bookmarks: transportable?

AllTunes bookmarks: transportable from one PC to another? [more inside]
posted by NYScott at 11:06 AM PST - 3 comments

Where to buy server in NYC?

Help! Need to buy a rack mounted server in New York City today that Debian can easily be installed on, only thing we can find is a Mac and thats not really going to work. Any ideas?
posted by lips at 9:52 AM PST - 14 comments

I need cheap t-shirts for my band...

Bands! What's the cheapest service for simple 1 color screenprinted t-shirts? How about stickers and buttons?
posted by bradn at 9:49 AM PST - 11 comments

Permit me a small sob story

How do I get a reliable car for not much money? [more inside]
posted by mulkey at 9:48 AM PST - 24 comments

Multiroom audio with two receivers?

How do I get multiroom audio with multiple receivers? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot at 9:39 AM PST - 8 comments

How best to unload used books in Toronto

What's the best way to divest yourself of a bunch of used books in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by PaulieK at 9:35 AM PST - 27 comments

How do I productively fill my free time?

I suddenly find myself with excessive amounts of free time. What are some fulfilling and productive ways to fill it? [more inside]
posted by Willie0248 at 9:34 AM PST - 21 comments

Why is she holding a leek?

Does anyone have more information about this (1.6M swf, borderline NSFW)? [more inside]
posted by Skorgu at 9:23 AM PST - 7 comments

A human version of Science Diet?

Is there a human equivalent to premium cat food? That is to say, a single form of synthetic food that will serve all hunger and nutritional needs? If not, why not? [more inside]
posted by ontic at 9:21 AM PST - 40 comments

Help me makeover my (non-existant) entryway!

My front door opens directly into my living room...and there is no coat closet. Help me find some furniture (or other ideas!) to hide the shoes, jackets, purse, dog leash, mail, etc...or failing that, at least to get it off the couch and catch-all desk!
posted by sLevi at 9:19 AM PST - 14 comments

Tcl, return values and efficiency.

TclFilter: Assuming $var is already set, is there any performance/efficiency difference if a Tcl proc calls "return $var" versus just plain "return" [more inside]
posted by If I Had An Anus at 9:16 AM PST - 8 comments

It's Friday. Break the Rules.

I'm in the process of building an application and I think I want a rules engine. Assuming I do (and "No" may be the answer to my question), what's the best way to go about such a thing, given the details inside? [more inside]
posted by yerfatma at 8:49 AM PST - 7 comments

In search of dwarf citrus trees

I'm looking to buy a few dwarf citrus trees as a gift. Can anyone offer tips on what/where to buy online? [more inside]
posted by veggieboy at 8:32 AM PST - 8 comments

Does this camera bag have an evil twin?

Yet another camera bag question. I love this Lowepro Slingshot bag. It's basically perfect except for one glaring flaw - it's backwards! [more inside]
posted by Caviar at 8:30 AM PST - 2 comments

Essential Old-School Hip-Hop

Good Old School Hip-Hop [more inside]
posted by Dantien at 8:27 AM PST - 27 comments

Shaving Ryan's Privates

I'm looking for a list of adult film's that borrow part of their title from big name Hollywood movies. (Answers will probably be NSFW) [more inside]
posted by dead_ at 8:25 AM PST - 54 comments

Mac product upgrades

Mac product life cycles.... [more inside]
posted by TheFeatheredMullet at 8:17 AM PST - 2 comments

Justified anger, or plain paranoia?

[HighschoolDramaFilter] Am I justified in my mistrust of this person who has lived a complete lie and now claims to be reformed, or should I bury the hatchet? Much, much, much [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:09 AM PST - 30 comments

token charity

How can I help israel? [more inside]
posted by petsounds at 8:03 AM PST - 10 comments

I need some rocks. Where do I go?

How can I find places where it's legal to gather rocks? [more inside]
posted by agropyron at 7:53 AM PST - 8 comments

Some help on the Home Projector front.

More home-theater projector questions. This time, it's eBaytastic. Of course, there's [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis at 7:40 AM PST - 9 comments

It was the Dukes...It was the Dukes...

What's the song that Eddie Murphy sings in Trading Places during the jacuzzi scene? [more inside]
posted by Jofus at 7:39 AM PST - 3 comments

What's the ramp going to be on Vista?

What is the ramp of Vista going to be like? [more inside]
posted by wflanagan at 7:35 AM PST - 3 comments

You're HOW Old?

A bunch of us would like to do some sort of East Coast Trip for a friend's 30th BDay.. any suggestions for something neat/fun? of course there is [more inside]
posted by niteHawk at 7:33 AM PST - 3 comments

Hottest mustard?

What is the hottest mustard? Colman's is fine, but I want hotter, without having to stir wasabi into it.
posted by goofyfoot at 7:29 AM PST - 11 comments

Moto Q + WIFI = iDeal.

Moto Q wifi question... I know the Verizon Moto Q does not come with wifi becasue Verizon wants to push it's own data plan. I know it has a mini sd port and not a SDIO, but is there any chance on getting a mini sd wifi card to work? [more inside]
posted by eleongonzales at 7:07 AM PST - 1 comment

trademarked domain name

Domain name dance: how best to sell to trademark holder, or use it myself? [more inside]
posted by saffron at 6:42 AM PST - 12 comments

Blackberry Mac Friendly?

I'm thinking of upgrading to the new Blackberry Pearl. Is their desktop software that syncs info (between my calendar, email, to-do's) compatible with the Mac, or will I need third party software?
posted by bronxteacher at 6:31 AM PST - 3 comments

What video camera should I buy?

What video camera should I buy? Just for amateur stuff - regular home movies, clips of events, "getting my feet wet" with video editing. [more inside]
posted by mark7570 at 6:24 AM PST - 7 comments

Paper space after 8 years...

How do i get out of a paperspace zoom in Autocad? [more inside]
posted by notsnot at 6:12 AM PST - 3 comments

F, late 20s, seeks Clueless for LTR leading to marriage.

Since the whole bashing-on-head/dragging-back-to-cave routine is a bit passe, how do I go about getting the guy? [more inside]
posted by katemonster at 2:27 AM PST - 59 comments

October 12

Is there is a company that will cancel your monthly services for you?

Is there a service that will cancel a service for you? [more inside]
posted by mphuie at 11:14 PM PST - 13 comments

How to get a deep crease out of leather (upholstery)

I have had an expensive leather couch for about 7 years with removable overstuffed cushions. One of the cushions was probably not pulled tight enough when originally sewed and has a deep crease. I know I can replace the pillow/stuffing insert to plump it up, but I can not figure out how to get the deep , seemingly permanent crease out given that leather cannot be ironed. Any ideas would be appreciated. Thank you.
posted by Lylo at 10:47 PM PST - 6 comments

Viking Metal?

MetalFilter: In "A Headbanger's Journey," there is a song playing during the scene where they show those huge stone sword monuments in Nordicland. It rules and I want to know who it is. [more inside]
posted by Darth Fedor at 10:26 PM PST - 5 comments

Us Flags in Media

I've noticed that a majority of movies have at least one American flag in them; even when the movie might not be US friendly itself. I do not think this is a confirmation bias issue, and have noticed it since I was a kid. Does anyone have any ideas why this might be?
posted by Knigel at 9:48 PM PST - 47 comments

Roadtrip from Manhattan

Day trip drive from Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family at 8:49 PM PST - 15 comments

"We'll just have to see about that, sport."

I'm in search of more classic chummy/fatherly nicknames (sport, champ) to throw about with my S.O., what've you got? [more inside]
posted by dorothy humbird at 8:28 PM PST - 115 comments

Videobomb Clone

How do I set up a Videobomb-like site? [more inside]
posted by mordecai at 8:13 PM PST - 4 comments

I will never understand the airline industry

Can I miss a connecting flight on purpose? [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk at 8:13 PM PST - 18 comments

What's the name of this short story I read in high school?

The Postal Service song "We Will Become Silhouettes" reminds me of a short story (or maybe poem?) I read in high school, but I can't remember the name or author for the life of me. I believe the action centered around an automated house going through its daily routine after the inhabitants had been vaporized on its side. There was also something about birds singing... I think. Any ideas?
posted by pokermonk at 7:46 PM PST - 12 comments